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Alpine Linux 3.16 Improves NVMe Support, Adds GNOME 42 and KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS

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Coming six months after Alpine Linux 3.15 and powered by Linux kernel 5.15 LTS, Alpine Linux 3.16 is here to offer users much-improved setup scripts that now better support NVMe devices, allow you to add SSH (Secure Shell) keys and create an administrator user, as well as to introduce a new setup-desktop script to make it easier to install your favorite desktop environment.

Talking about desktop environments, Alpine Linux 3.16 now ships with support for the latest and greatest GNOME 42 and KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS desktops.

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Alpine 3.16.0 released

Alpine Linux 3.16.0 released

  • Alpine Linux 3.16.0 released [LWN.net]

    Version 3.16.0 of the Alpine Linux distribution has been released. Significant changes include a switch to tmpfs for the /tmp directory, the splitting out of a number of NetworkManager plugins into separate packages, the removal of Python 2, and a lot of updated packages; see the release notes for more information.

Alpine Linux 3.16 Brings Updated Package Base, Security Changes

  • Alpine Linux 3.16 Brings Updated Package Base, Security Changes

    Alpine Linux 3.16 is now available for this widespread container-oriented distribution and other situations that require a tiny footprint.

    If you’re a typical desktop Linux user, you probably wonder how Alpine Linux has remained hidden from you. Don’t be concerned; this is entirely normal.

    Although Alpine Linux can be used as a fully working desktop system, this is not its primary goal.

    The distribution is strongly focused on the container world because of its exceptional lightweight and different approach to the software providing its functionality. So, for example, you won’t find systemd here; instead, the boot initialization system is handled by OpenRC.

Impressive lightweight Linux Alpine releases 3.16

  • Impressive lightweight Linux Alpine releases 3.16 • The Register

    Version 3.16.0 of Alpine Linux is out – one of the most significant of the many lightweight distros.

    Version 3.16.0 is worth a look, especially if you want to broaden your skills.

    Alpine is interesting because it's not just another me-too distro. It bucks a lot of the trends in modern Linux, and while it's not the easiest to set up, it's a great deal easier to get it working than it was a few releases ago.

    The version number sounds like a small step, but its version numbering is a little different, too. Alpine Linux 3.0.0 came out way back in 2014, meaning that the number after the first decimal is a significant step. The project describes this as "the first in the 3.16 stable series", meaning that soon 3.16.1 will appear, then 3.16.2 and so on.

    This version has better support for NVMe disks, and includes a new script to make it easier to install a desktop. The installation program, while remaining extremely minimal, now adds user accounts, including readable names, and can import SSH keys for them too.

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