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Alpine Linux vs Ubuntu: What are the differences?

What is Alpine Linux? 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.

What is Ubuntu? The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud. 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.

Alpine Linux and Ubuntu belong to "Operating Systems" category of the tech stack.

Asana, CircleCI, and DuckDuckGo are some of the popular companies that use Ubuntu, whereas Alpine Linux is used by CircleCI, Decision6, and Redsift. Ubuntu has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1845 company stacks & 1709 developers stacks; compared to Alpine Linux, which is listed in 39 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

Decisions about Alpine Linux and Ubuntu

Ubuntu is much more faster over Windows and helps to get software and other utilities easier and within a short span of time compared to Windows.

Ubuntu helps to get robustness and resiliency over Windows. Ubuntu runs faster than Windows on every computer that I have ever tested. LibreOffice (Ubuntu's default office suite) runs much faster than Microsoft Office on every computer that I have ever tested.

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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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At the moment of the decision, my desktop was the primary place I did work. Due to this, I can't have it blow up on me while I work. While Arch is interesting and powerful, Ubuntu offers (at least for me) a lot more stability and lets me focus on other things than maintaining my own OS installation.

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Pros of Alpine Linux
Pros of Ubuntu
  • 9
    Secure
  • 9
    Good in containers
  • 7
    Fast
  • 228
    Free to use
  • 96
    Easy setup for testing discord bot
  • 57
    Gateway Linux Distro
  • 53
    Simple interface
  • 7
    Don't need driver installation in most cases
  • 5
    Many active communities
  • 4
    Open Source
  • 3
    Easy to custom
  • 1
    Many flavors/distros based on ubuntu
  • 1
    Great OotB Linux Shell Experience
  • 1
    Software Availability
  • 1
    Lightweight container base OS

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Cons of Alpine Linux
Cons of Ubuntu
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    Cannot install metasploit
  • 4
    Demanding system requirements
  • 3
    Adds overhead and unnecessary complexity over Debian
  • 1
    Systemd
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    Snapd installed by default

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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 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.

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What are some alternatives to Alpine Linux and Ubuntu?
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.
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.
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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