Getting Started

Download release

Visit our website at: http://alpinelinux.org/downloads/ and choose the version that fits your hardware.

Release differences

Standard

Choose this type if you want to have a pre selected packages already located in the media. The selected packages are mostly targetted at embedded solution like routers etc.

Mini

Choose this type if you have a decent internet connection. The installer will automatically downloaded the needed packages.

Vanilla

Choose this type if you do not need a kernel with grsecurity patches.

Xen

Choose this type if you want to setup an Xen hosts. It has a patched kernel with Xen patches and grsecurity.

Raspberry Pi

Choose this type if your device is of type Raspberry Pi 1/2.

Generic ARM

Choose this type if you device has an ARM processor.

Installation

Alpine can be used in any of the following three modes.

Diskless mode

Alpine will run from tmpfs, which means the system will be installed in memory. This means that your system will be reset to defaults after each reboot. To be able to save your running state, you will have to use Alpine Linux Backup Utility also known as LBU.

Data mode

This mode is like many other distributions do, it will setup your storage device and install Alpine Linux onto it.

Sys mode

This is a mixed mode between the two modes mentioned above. Your system will run from RAM (tmpfs) but you are able to mount specified directories (ie var,home) to a specified storage device/location.

Basic configuration

When your installation medium has finished booting, you can start the basic installer by typing:

setup-alpine