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Alpine Linux vs Centos: What are the differences?

Developers describe Alpine Linux as "Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox". Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox. On the other hand, Centos is detailed as "The Community ENTerprise Operating System". The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.

Alpine Linux and Centos can be primarily classified as "Operating Systems" tools.

According to the StackShare community, Centos has a broader approval, being mentioned in 352 company stacks & 304 developers stacks; compared to Alpine Linux, which is listed in 39 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.

Decisions about Alpine Linux and CentOS
Jerome/Zen Quah
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Global familiarity, free, widely used, and as a debian distro feels more comfortable when rapidly switching between local macOS and remote command lines.

CentOS does boast quite a few security/stability improvements, however as a RHEL-based distro, differs quite significantly in the command line and suffers from slightly less frequent package updates. (Could be a good or bad thing depending on your use-case and if it is public facing)

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Pros of Alpine Linux
Pros of CentOS
  • 9
    Secure
  • 9
    Good in containers
  • 7
    Fast
  • 15
    Stable
  • 8
    Free to use
  • 8
    Reliable
  • 5
    Has epel packages
  • 5
    Good support
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 2
    I've moved from gentoo to centos

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Cons of Alpine Linux
Cons of CentOS
  • 2
    Cannot install metasploit
  • 1
    Yum is a horrible package manager

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What is Alpine Linux?

Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.

What is CentOS?

The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland England London
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland England London
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What are some alternatives to Alpine Linux and CentOS?
Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
CoreOS
It is designed for security, consistency, and reliability. Instead of installing packages via yum or apt, it uses Linux containers to manage your services at a higher level of abstraction. A single service's code and all dependencies are packaged within a container that can be run on one or many machines.
Debian
Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
Android OS
It is a mobile platform which powers phones, tablets, watches, TVs, cars etc. It makes doing business easier, in the office or out in the field. Manage entire fleets of devices with a touch. Keep corporate data protected with built-in security. And help your employees get more done.
Void Linux
It is a general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux® kernel. Its package system allows you to quickly install, update and remove software; software is provided in binary packages or can be built directly from sources with the help of the XBPS source packages collection.
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