#1 2017-08-09 20:50:16

zqueal
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Alpine Linux

1) What it is, be specific and detailed?

Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox. It's main focus is to be as small and secure as possible. The image built for virtual systems is 34MB vs the 200MB+ required for the Ubuntu equivalent. Considering the 3GB limit on VPS systems it would be extremely advantageous. The OS is mature, and has a metric ton of packages;

2) What functionality and/or improvement it will bring?

Major improvement is usability (it's very easy to use), stability (it's rock solid--I've been using it production for more than a year), and space savings.

3) Is this a new feature or a fix?

New feature?

Please read more about Alpine Linux here.

EDIT:

In addition to this, Ubuntu 15.04 is from 2015. I'm having serious issues finding the up-to-date packages that I need... It's very rage inducing to be on such an incredibly old distro without the possibility of upgrading. Upgrading alpine is as simple as turning;

http://dl-3.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.3/main

into;

http://dl-3.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.4/main

in the "/etc/apk/repositories" file.

EDIT2:

Just saw Ubuntu 16 was available, but the reasoning still stands. Alpine is just too good to pass up.

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#2 2017-08-10 06:06:29

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Re: Alpine Linux

Can it run on the ovz kernel?


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#3 2017-08-10 06:21:57

zqueal
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Re: Alpine Linux

I'm not 100% sure, but at the very least it's been done before. There are also tools built in to help manage OVZ containers, so I assume it has at least some level of support.

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#4 2017-08-12 01:25:38

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Re: Alpine Linux

This shows an OpenVZ kernel operating under a virtual machine, rather than under OpenVZ as the hypervisor.  This is not the same thing.


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#5 2017-08-12 02:46:17

zqueal
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Re: Alpine Linux

Sorry to say I have almost zero experience with virtualization. I tried to contact a developer on the Alpine Linux IRC but to no avail. I did however find this: http://xmeblog.blogspot.fr/2015/02/open … ainer.html

Perhaps that's what you were looking for?

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#6 2017-08-22 14:45:36

laurens
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Re: Alpine Linux

I'd love this too, it's really nice & tiny.

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