Formatted and Installed on an 8 GB USB drive. Full boot setup instructions are includedXCFE Desktop installedAlpine 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.
Alpine Linux is an independent, non-commercial, general purpose Linux
distribution designed for power users who appreciate security, simplicity
and resource efficiency.
Alpine Linux is built around musl libc and busybox. This makes it smaller
and more resource efficient than traditional GNU/Linux distributions. A
container requires no more than 8 MB and a minimal installation to disk
requires around 130 MB of storage. Not only do you get a fully-fledged
Linux environment but a large selection of packages from the repository.
Binary packages are thinned out and split, giving you even more control
over what you install, which in turn keeps your environment as small and
efficient as possible.
Alpine Linux is a very simple distribution that will try to stay out of
your way. It uses its own package manager called apk, the OpenRC init
system, script driven set-ups and that’s it! This provides you with a
simple, crystal-clear Linux environment without all the noise. You can
then add on top of that just the packages you need for your project, so
whether it’s building a home PVR, or an iSCSI storage controller, a
wafer-thin mail server container, or a rock-solid embedded switch, nothing
else will get in the way.
Alpine Linux was designed with security in mind. The kernel is patched with
an unofficial port of grsecurity/PaX, and all userland binaries are compiled as
Position Independent Executables (PIE) with stack smashing protection.
These proactive security features prevent exploitation of entire classes
of zero-day and other vulnerabilities.