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  • Alpine Linux 3.11 Introduces KDE/GNOME Desktop Support, Raspberry Pi 4 Compatibility

    Phoronix: Alpine Linux 3.11 Introduces KDE/GNOME Desktop Support, Raspberry Pi 4 Compatibility

    Alpine Linux is a distribution that prides itself on being "small, simple and secure" with being a lightweight distribution built off Musl libc and Busybox and popular for use within containers. But with today's Alpine Linux 3.11 release they are seemingly pursuing desktop Linux support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-3.11-Released

  • #2
    You're not linking properly from the article to this topic.

    Ontopic:

    I'm surprised they already support kernel 5.4 while not being a rolling release didtro. It's incorrect however that they label it as an lts kernel.

    Aside from that, I'm surprised that they focus on desktop environments while their main use is within containers. Anyone got experience using it as a DE?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
      You're not linking properly from the article to this topic.

      Ontopic:

      I'm surprised they already support kernel 5.4 while not being a rolling release didtro. It's incorrect however that they label it as an lts kernel.

      Aside from that, I'm surprised that they focus on desktop environments while their main use is within containers. Anyone got experience using it as a DE?
      Ages a go, I tried to install Alpine on a PC with Nvidia's GPU. Had issues. I think I had XFCE installed for DE but never got around graphics card problem because they used musl, not glibc. It worked fine as a general (home) server tho (used to run it awhile on Kabini AM1 box)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
        I'm surprised they already support kernel 5.4 while not being a rolling release didtro. It's incorrect however that they label it as an lts kernel.
        https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html
        5.4 Greg Kroah-Hartman & Sasha Levin 2019-11-24 Dec, 2021
        4.19 Greg Kroah-Hartman & Sasha Levin 2018-10-22 Dec, 2020
        As a non rolling release distro they are perfectly selected the latest LTS kernel available at the moment of the release.

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        • #5
          Insert "for Workgroups" joke here.

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          • #6
            can I install la desktop environment atop Alpine? Will it be usable as an OS? Or this is just for containers? Thx

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            • #7
              "small, simple and secure" is just how I like my desktop.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                Aside from that, I'm surprised that they focus on desktop environments while their main use is within containers.
                Alpine was not born for containers, but their goals overlap.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                  You're not linking properly from the article to this topic.

                  Ontopic:

                  I'm surprised they already support kernel 5.4 while not being a rolling release didtro. It's incorrect however that they label it as an lts kernel.

                  Aside from that, I'm surprised that they focus on desktop environments while their main use is within containers. Anyone got experience using it as a DE?
                  I use it on my laptop with a window manager.

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                  • #10
                    It's also GNU free Linux. (sort of)

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