Alpine Linux is a Linux distribution built around musl libc and BusyBox.

The current release as of September 11, 2018, is 3.8.1. Since Alpine 3.5.0, there is support for aarch64 using the uboot bootloader and for armhf (32-bit). A Raspberry Pi 32-bit distribution is also available. Version 3.7.0 adds EFI and GRUB boot loader support.

The Docker image is only 5 MB in size and has access to a package repository that is much more complete than other BusyBox based images. This makes Alpine Linux a great image base for utilities and even production applications and a popular base container for containerized applications. The Docker repository also includes the “edge” distribution, which includes the very latest package updates and which is updated more frequently.

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