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by Justin Ellingwood
I've been using this lately at home and it seems like a great option due to its size and scope.
I was about to create a bunch of Alpine Linux droplets on Digital Ocean for playing with SourceHut, only to realize that it's not an option.
Alpine is such a lean distribution, I'd love to have it available. Perhaps also optional zfs and btrfs images.
Please add it! Right now we have to use hacky shell scripts to get alpine on DO. It's a great server distro that should be available, especially that way more niche OSes such as Rancher are on DO already.
Great distro, It's definitely should be available from DO images.
We should really have this. It's becoming the de facto OS to work with Docker!
This would be awesome! I would use this a lot.
What would be required for DO to support Alpine?
It's great both as a lightweight base OS and as a base image for e.g. Docker container + it has a security focus, which makes it a great OS for any server application. The setup that I'm particularly envisioning is Alpine as a Docker host running Alpine-based Docker containers, which is a great way of building fast, low-resource and scalable applications. Also, people have gone as far as inventing methods of installing Alpine on Do using the rescue console, so that shows that people really, really want it.
We use this as the base of all of our Docker containers and it would be nice to have only one set of "stuff" to remember. Containers on Alping with debian or ubuntu underneath is annoying 'cause you have to remember which context you are in all the time and memorize (or look up!) two sets of locations/commands/package managers etc.
Absolutely love alpine. I am using it as the main Docker host for many projects at my clients.
Having it available as a DO Droplet would be awesome!
+1 - really, DO should have a vested interest in supporting minimalist OS'es like Alpine. Less resource consumption and overhead for the entire DO ecosystem means a leaner, meaner DO to compete against other VM providers.
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