Alpine Linux is a small Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox. This distribution is ideal for docker images because using Musl + BusyBox:

  1. reduces the size of the OS (lighter libc and a less utility binaries)
  2. reduces the risk of breakage on different hosts with different kernels as things are statically linked.

Package Management[edit]

Use the apk utility. Search with apk search and install with apk add.

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