The Alpine Team has announced that Alpine Linux 3.0.1, a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and Busybox, is now available for download.
Alpine Linux is not a distribution designed for beginners. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. Users will need to be well accustomed to using a terminal. For example, you have to work a little just to install a desktop environment.
“The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.0.1 of its Alpine Linux operating system. This is a bugfix release of the v3.0 musl based branch. This release is based on the 3.14.8 kernel which has some critical security fixes,” said the developers in the short log.
Some of the most important packages that have been updated in this release include ClamAV, Samba, freeradius, phpmyadmin, bash, and a few others.
The distribution began its life as a fork of the LEAF project, but it evolved a lot in the past few years and became an important OS. According to its developers, it was designed with security in mind. It has proactive security features, such as PaX and SSP, that prevent security holes from being exploited.