Alpine Linux 16 GB armhf Raspberry Pi microSD card

Hersteller: pi3g
SKU: sd-16alpine
EAN / Barcode: 0608603903249

Normaler Preis €25.00


This is a micro SD card with Alpine Linux pre-installed.

Currently we ship version 3.8.1, armhf

Why Alpine Linux?

  • it’s small
  • it can run from RAM, the filesystem will remain read-only (persisting changes is of course possible), this is very good for embedded systems where power can be cut unpredictably!
  • it’s a bare-bones system – no clutter, better security
  • therefore it’s a good choice for embedded development

Alpine Linux is often used for Docker containers. And it is of course also supported on the Raspberry Pi platform.

Why not Alpine Linux?

  • it’s not recommended to start with Alpine for beginners – they should definitely use NOOBS or Raspbian
    • Alpine assumes some level of Linux knowledge, and adds it’s own tools to manage the installation
  • Alpine uses musl instead of glibc as libc (standard C library) – this is good for embedded & resource constrained systems - but it is not binary compatible with glibc.
  • Less pre-compiled packages are available than for Raspbian – meaning you might be on your own actually building packages you need.
  • You will have to take care of many things, e.g. setting the correct CRDA – this can be very time-consuming 

Gentle introduction to Alpine Linux:

Please refer to this primer in our blog for the first steps with Alpine Linux:

https://pi3g.com/2018/10/24/alpine-linux-first-steps/

 

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