31 May 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Alpine Linux


Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for x86 routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. It was designed with security in mind; it has proactive security features like PaX and SSP that prevent security holes in the software to be exploited. The C library used is musl and the base tools are all in BusyBox. Those are normally found in embedded systems and are smaller than the tools found in GNU/Linux systems.

Latest announcement release via Alpine’s official site:

Alpine 3.4.0 released

We are pleased to announce Alpine Linux 3.4.0, the first release in v3.4 stable series.

Some of the new features are:

  • Linux 4.4 kernel
  • New iso image for virtual machines: alpine-virt
  • support for DNS search in /etc/resolv.conf
  • ruby 2.3
  • postgresql 9.5

Noteworthy changes when upgrading:

  • The PHP packages got renamed from php to php5.
  • The service cron got renamed to crond.
  • busybox ping now use unprivileged ICMP sockets so binary does not need to be suid root. This means you need to be in group with gid 999-59999 for being allowed to send pings.
  • Most ruby-* packages were removed. Use gem instead.

Some of the desktop applications that were upgraded for v3.4:

  • evince 3.20
  • libreoffice 5.1
  • Mate desktop 1.14
  • qt5 5.6


Download Alpine Linux: http://alpinelinux.org/downloads/

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