Docker Images Are Moving From Ubuntu To Alpine Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 5 February 2016 at 02:00 PM EST. 26 Comments
Docker is reportedly going to be migrating all of their official images from an Ubuntu base to now using Alpine Linux.

Alpine Linux is the lightweight distribution built atop musl libc and BusyBox while using a GrSecurity-enhanced Linux kernel. Alpine Linux uses OpenRC as its init system. If you are unfamiliar with this "Small. Simple. Secure." distribution, you can learn more via The image for Alpine is a mere 5MB.

This blog post by Brian Christner points out that Docker creator Solomon Hykes recently confirmed they will be moving from Ubuntu to Alpine Linux as their operating system base. They have also hired the creator of Alpine Linux, Natanael Copa, as part of this effort.

More details as they become available.
Related News
About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via

Popular News This Week