Alpine newbie apk packages

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Packages provide the basic components of an operating system, along with shared libraries, applications, services, and documentation. Unix-like systems install thems with traditional way of "Configure && make && make install"

But any Operating System offer a centralized mechanism for finding and installing software, usually distributed in the form of packages (like apk or deb files), kept in repositories. That can be manage with a package management system. Alpine take the better from two worlds, package installation (like from Debian) and package building (like from Geento/Arch), and as in many distributions have been done.

This document will guide most new users to only basic needs about Alpine package management and usage of, for most in deep usage please visit Alpine_Linux_package_management page.

New users: post setup closes to others systems

After install Alpine, you will need post install preparation of your system, due new/common users will need some extra suggestions to proper usage, due all the Alpine system are busybox based:

install basic tools
configure system base

= continue to desktop

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Alpine newbie install manual Alpine newbie desktops

Linux users: post setup and notes

This section are not for new users, please go next to Alpine newbie desktops or Alpine Newbies: Xorg and Openbox if you are new or not well experimented user.

Table of busybox sustitutions
Table of comparison with other Linux for packages
OS File Format Tools
Alpine .apk apk
Debian .deb apt,aptitude
Geento .tbz2 emerge
FreeBSD .txz pkg

Tutorial series

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See Also

  1. Alpine newbie
  2. Alpine newbie install manual
  3. Alpine newbie apk packages
  4. Alpine newbie desktops
  5. Alpine newbie developer
  6. Alpine newbie lammers