Review: Alpine Linux is small, fast, and different

Stripped-down Linux distribution shines for containers and appliances, but you have to earn it

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At a Glance
  • Alpine Linux 3.6.2

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Alpine Linux is a minimal Linux distribution, originally built with Gentoo, but now independent and self-hosting. In some respects Alpine is conceptually similar to NanoBSD, in that technical users can start with Alpine to build a Linux system with just what is need to accomplish the mission, and nothing more.

Typically seen embedded in devices or appliances, Alpine got a big boost when it was selected to replace Ubuntu as the base image for Docker. Security, reliability, and solid development practices were the main reasons.

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