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Why Alpine Linux is Suitable For Cloud Native Application?

Alpine Linux is an independent, non-commercial, general purpose Linux distribution designed for power users who appreciate security, simplicity and resource efficiency. Alpine Linux is Small, Simple and Secure.

Open Source doesn’t meaning Free, if you are moving your business from traditional virtualization to Cloud Native, you need to have light, fast and secure operating system to make containers. Also you still needs to have Micro-VM.

Alpine Linux is Free and Small

Alpine Linux is open-source and free not only open-source. So you can download it for different use cases as small images:

Alpine Linux is Secure

Alpine Linux was designed with security in mind. All userland binaries are compiled as Position Independent Executables (PIE) with stack smashing protection. These proactive security features prevent exploitation of entire classes of zero-day and other vulnerabilities.

Security is very important when you are using containers. I think, Alpine Linux has good security support and it has more than 1 year support for each version. There is no long term support like Ubuntu but it’s enough for many use cases.

Further Reading

Nested Virtualization – Oracle VM Server

Operating-system-level virtualization

Operating System Level Virtualization (Part 2) – Implementations Comparison

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