Alpine Linux is a free, open-source security oriented GNU/Linux distribution that is based on BusyBox and musl libc. It uses its own package manager called apk-tools and can be installed as a run-from-RAM distribution. It is very helpful for x86 routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers.
Recently, Alpine Linux 3.5.2 has been released, shifting to Linux Kernel 4.4.52 and updating main components: PHP 7.0.16, lighttpd 1.4.45, Chromium 56.0.2924.76, PostgreSQL 9.6.2, nginx 1.10.3, ZoneMinder 1.30.2 and RackTables 0.20.12, OpenSSL 1.0.2k, Zabbix 3.2.4, ownCloud 9.1.4, Borg Backup 1.0.9, GNU Screen 4.5.1, Mozilla Firefox 45.7.0 ESR, Ansible 220.127.116.11, Salt 2016.11.2, WavPack 5.1.0, Wireshark 2.2.4, Postfix Admin 3.0.2, BIND 9.10.4-P6, Vim 8.0.0329, FFmpeg 3.1.7 and WebKit2GTK+ 2.14.5.
From the official changelog:
“The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.5.2 of its Alpine Linux operating system. This is a bugfix release of the v3.5 musl based branch, based on linux-4.4.52 kernels and it contains bugfixes. The full lists of changes can be found in the git log and bug tracker,”
Alpine Linux 3.5.2 is available in different versions:
- Mini root filesystem – usable in containers
- Vanilla – includes a vanilla (untouched) kernel
- Extended – with most packages included
- Virtual – standard, but optimized for virtualization
- Xen – includes build-in support for Xen Hypervisor
- Raspberry Pi – includes Raspberry Pi Kernel
- Generic ARM – includes ARM kernel
If you already have Alpine Linux installed, you can upgrade it to its newest version by installing the packages from the official repositories. If you are new to it and want to give it a test drive, download the version you want from the official website.