Alpine Linux developers have announced the availability of a new version from your system which reaches its new version Alpine Linux 3.8.0 which comes with new features and a big package update.
For those who do not know this distribution I can tell you that is a lightweight Linux distribution oriented for security, this distribution based on musl and BusyBox, which aims to be lightweight and secure by default while still being useful for general purpose tasks.
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About Alpine Linux
Esto makes it smaller and more resource efficient than traditional Linux distributions. A container requires no more than 8MB and a minimal disk installation requires about 130MB of storage.
With this you not only get a fully developed Linux environment but a large selection of ready-to-use packages.
The binary packages are scaled down and split, giving you even more control over what you install, which in turn keeps your environment as small and efficient as possible.
With this distribution takes performance and safety into account, so given its focus this distribution also offers us images of your system so that it can be used even in mini computers with devices ARM
Therefore this distribution can even be installed on a Raspberry Pi, of which I have already shared some systems here on the blog for this great device.
New version of Alpine Linux
This new installment by Alpine Linux includes support for Raspberry Pi 3 computers and 64-bit ARM (aarch64) architecture. The distribution has also added support for the Crystal language.
In this new version of Alpine Linux 3.8.0 has updated the Linux Kernel to version 4.14, Node was also updated to Node.js version 8.11.
As for the the web services the following components were updated:
- Go 1.10
- Rest 1.26
- Ruby 2.5
- PHP 7.2
- ghc 8.4
- OCaml 4.06
- Ruby 9.2
Finally, between the main changes that can be highlighted in this new version we find:
- Netboot support on all architectures
- Added the image for Raspberry Pi (aarch64)
- Added support for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B +
- ISO image support in s390x (KVM installation)
- End of kernel support (Unofficial Grsecurity)
- Crystal language support
Download Alpine Linux 3.8.0
If you want to test or install this Linux distribution on your system or on your Raspberry Pi, you can obtain the image of the system suitable for your team's architecture from its official project website. The link is this.
How to install Alpine Linux on Raspberry Pi?
If you plan to use this system on your small pocket computer, with which you can give your Raspberry Pi various uses, you can do this by following these instructions detailed below.
The download is done we must format our SD card To record the image on it, for this we can use Gparted, the SD card must be in the fat32 format.
Done this we must now save the image of Alpine Linux 3.8.0 in our SD, For this we only have to unzip the file that contains the Alpine files.
Once the download is done, we only have to copy the content inside our SD card.
At the end only we must insert the SD card in our Raspberry Pi and connect it to power and the system should start running.
We will realize this because the green LED must blink indicating that it did recognize the system.
And ready with it we can start using Alpine Linux on our Raspberry Pi.
Among the different uses that we can give to this system on our device we can find a way to turn our Raspberry Pi into a DNS server, an ad blocker on our home network.
Also to convert it on a cloud server among other usesAnyway, you can find various tutorials for Alpine Linux on Raspberry pi on the net.