NodeSource is releasing a distribution of its enterprise-level, commercially supported NSolid Node.js runtime that works with Docker-friendly Alpine Linux. NSolid for Alpine Linux is intended to work with Alpine’s small footprint and security capabilities, said Joe McCann, NodeSource CEO.
Containers using Alpine require a maximum of 8MB, and installing it to disk takes up as little as about 130MB. There has been a rise in Alpine Linux Docker distributions because of Alpine’s tiny footprint, McCann said. The Alpine kernel also offers security enhancements preventing a class of zero-day and other vulnerabilities. Users get a secure option for running Node apps in containers, said McCann.
Built around the musl library and BusyBox utilities, Alpine is a noncommercial, general-purpose Linux distribution intended for power users.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht