Alpine Linux 3.4.0 released, first release in 3.4 series

The Alpine Linux team announced release of Alpine Linux 3.4.0, latest stable release of small sized GNU/Linux distribution build around musl libc and busybox. Alpine Linux is a minimal GNU/Linux distribution with basic GUI and it provides users more freedom to decide what to install and what not install.

Alpine Linux 3.4.0 is first release in v3.4 stable series. It comes with some new features and updated software packages.

Following are some highlights of Alpine Linux 3.4.0
  • Linux 4.4 kernel.
  • New iso image for virtual machines: alpine-virt.
  • Improved support for the Raspberry Pi ecosystem.
  • Support for DNS search domains in /etc/resolv.conf.
  • ruby 2.3.
  • postgresql 9.5.
  • PHP packages have been renamed from php to php5.
  • The service cron has been renamed to crond.
  • busybox ping now uses unprivileged ICMP sockets so the binary does not need to be suid root. This means that you need to be in a group with gid between 999-59999 to be permitted to send pings.
  • Most ruby-* packages have been removed. You should use gem instead.
Additional details can be found in release announcement published in Alpine Linux website.

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