Developer Natanael Copa today officially launched a major release update to Alpine Linux 3.11.0, introducing a number of new features while fixing BUGS, updating components, and making security upgrades. Based on the latest Linux Kernel 5.4 kernel, the new version adds support for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computer and can be installed using the AArch64 (ARM 64-bit) and ARMv7 architecture images.
Alpine Linux 3.11.0 also provides initial support for GNOME and KDE Plasma desktop environments, allowing users to install from major software repositories, support the next generation Vulkan graphics API, and provide a DXVK Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct33D 9/10/11.
Alpine Linux 3.11.0 has also updated a number of components, including Busybox 1.31.1, Crystal 0.31.1, Erlang 22.1, GCC 9.2.0, Git 2.24.1, Go 1.13.4, LLVM 9.0.0, musl libc 1.1.24, Nextcloud 17.0.2, Perl 5.30.1, PostgreSQL 12.1, Python 3.8.0, QEMU 4.2.0, Rust 1.39.0, Zabbix 4.4.3 and Xen 4.13.0.
Linux-vanilla has been removed in terms of background performance, and it is officially recommended that linux-lts be installed when upgrading from previous versions, and support for the Python 2 package, which will be completely removed in the next release. In addition, the package now uses /var/mail instead/var/spool/mail, and clamav-libunrar is no longer a hard dependency of ClamAV.
Available platforms include 64-bit (x86_64), 32-bit (x86), s390x (IBM System z), ppc64le (PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian), ARMhf, AArch64 (ARM64) and ARMv7, users can download it through the official website.