Alpine Linux is one of the two best operating systems out there, the other being OpenBSD. Alpine does a lot of things right, not the least of which is reuse to succumb to the monolithic bastard that systemd is. After a whole lot of frustrations with systemd-based distros, I’ve come to the conclusion that Alpine, running off of openrc, is superior in just about everyway. It does big things like just work.
I run Alpine on my desktop because I need the ability to do some heavy lift virtualization and it does that without battling an eyelash, or maybe without causing an avalanche. I can even play my games with PlayOnLinux with it. I would like to see how Alpine does as a web server and I have some cloud credit remaining with Vultr. I think I will spin up an Alpine VM and give it a shot. I have a spare domain with which to test it out so why not.
Alpine has the latest version of Apache, version 2.4.43, in its edge main repository and the latest version of PHP in its edge community repo so it is well worth giving Alpine a shot as server. I will report back.