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Old 23rd December 2014
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Once in a while I visit Distrowatch.com to see what is new in the Linux world and noticed an announcement of Alpine Linux : http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08733

They have Xen virtualization, something I have not played with before, are lean, use OpenRC init and have some interesting security enhancements.

From http://www.alpinelinux.org/about/

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Alpine Linux was designed with security in mind. The kernel is patched with grsecurity/PaX out of the box, and 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.
Sounds interesting. Looks like I have something new to play with during this boring holiday season
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it's AWall is pretty offputting though.

Sure, IPFW port exists in package repository but it does not seem to support NATing.

Maybe it's me being picky
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it's AWall is pretty offputting though.

Sure, IPFW port exists in package repository but it does not seem to support NATing.

Maybe it's me being picky
AWall looks like Alpine Linux front-end for iptables which in turn are based of FreeBSD's IPFW. I don't see anything particularly bad or good with AWall. It is a standard Linux firewall. Alpine Linux was brought to my attention by two unrelated articles. Namely an Alpine Linux was a first Linux distro to adopt mandoc and Paul Onyschuk is personally responsible for existence of man command in mandoc in words of Ingo Schwarze

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But then, on August 9 this year Paul Onyschuk of Alpine Linux (you know, the first Linux distro that integrated mandoc, in July 2010) asked me:

:: Are there any plans for providing man(1) command also? This would
:: make mdocml a possible, standalone replacement for groff and man-db
:: combination (typical in Linux distributions).

Almost immediately I returned my standard negative answer, but then I stopped short and realized that almost all the needed code was already there and it cheaply allows doing fancy things without complexity. I had to do the mandoc 1.13.1 and 1.12.4 releases first, so it took two weeks from the idea to the first working implementation... :-)


Secondly after becoming interesting in Xen I realized that Alpine Linux is probably the best home for Dom0 there is. Namely Alpine Linux offers a minimal Dom0 system (Busybox, UClibc) that can be run from removable media, like USB sticks.

Alpine Linux seems to take security and many other things more seriously than most well known Linux distribution. It is also very lean for a server grade OS. Guess what. Alpine Linux is one of handful Linux distros which doesn't use systemd. It uses OpenRC.

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They also use mandoc.
(Oko beat me to it.)
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They also use mandoc.
(Oko beat me to it.)
It's a shame they don't ship with good man pages.
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In the immortal words of Jordin Sparks, "One Step at a Time"
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