Aliyun Linux 2

Aliyun Linux 2 is a free-to-use, native operating system that provides a stable, reliable, and high-performance environment for your applications.

Aliyun Linux 2 is a next-generation Linux distribution released by Alibaba Cloud. It includes advanced features developed by the Linux community, and provides a stable and reliable environment for applications running on the cloud. Aliyun Linux 2 is deeply optimized based on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure to provide the best experience for users. You can install Aliyun Linux 2 on all types of Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances, including ECS Bare Metal Instances.

Why do we choose native operating systems

Security and Regulation Compliance
Aliyun Linux 2 is a 100% open-source Linux distribution. You are free to download and check the source code of all operating system components, and send any issues or suggestions to our community. Alibaba Cloud will continuously fix vulnerabilities in Aliyun Linux 2 to improve system security.
Aliyun Linux 2 is a Linux distribution deeply optimized based on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure. You can install Aliyun Linux 2 on Alibaba Cloud ECS instances for higher performance.
Customer Support Benefits
Unlike other free Linux distributions in Alibaba Cloud Marketplace, Aliyun Linux 2 is developed based on the latest Linux kernel. Aliyun Linux 2 users can get technical support and services through our ticket system, forum, or GitHub. All these services are free of charge.
Ecosystem Benefits
Aliyun Linux 2 continuously adopts technological innovations from open-source communities, such as the Linux 4.19 kernel, to benefit its users. A high-standard quality control system is also introduced to manage Linux distributions and contribute to the open-source communities. Aliyun Linux 2 is devoted to leveraging achievements from the Alibaba Cloud open-source ecosystem to enrich the open-source software ecosystem.


Optimized for Alibaba Cloud

The fastest Linux distribution to launch on Alibaba Cloud. Aliyun Linux 2 is deeply optimized for high-performance Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances and ECS bare metal instances.

Continuous Integration of Open-source Software

New versions of open-source software, such as the Linux 4.19 kernel, are continuously added to Aliyun Linux 2 to expand the ecosystem of open-source software.

Tailored for Higher Security and Resource Cost Optimization

Aliyun Linux 2 is tailored to improve system security and help you save costs by avoiding the use of excess compute resources.

Out-of-Box and Easy to Use

Aliyun Linux 2 includes commonly used Alibaba Cloud open-source software, such as Aliyun CLI and cloud-init. This significantly reduces your management costs in most scenarios.

Long-term Support

To ensure business continuity, Alibaba Cloud provides technical support including security updates and issue fixes of Aliyun Linux 2 for up to five years.

Scenarios & Optimization

High-performance Linux Instances

The virtualization performance bottleneck challenges the developers when a large number of multi-threading applications run on high-performance instances in parallel. Alibaba Cloud optimizes Aliyun Linux 2 and the virtual infrastructure to significantly reduce the overheads on the instances, providing stable and reliable support for multi-threading and high concurrency.

Optimized for ECS Bare Metal Instances

Aliyun Linux 2 is tailored and optimized to guarantee the best performance on ECS bare metal instances.


Aliyun Linux 2 provides container registries to simplify the deployment and management of applications. Aliyun Linux 2 supports the standard cloud-native container ecosystem. In addition, we will soon migrate cloud-native applications from the Alibaba open-source ecosystem to Alibaba Cloud.

Community Partnership

Alibaba Cloud has established partnerships with the Kata Containers and Clear Linux communities. You can seamlessly deploy the Kata Containers solution on ECS bare metal instances. Alibaba Cloud also reduces the launch time of RunV containers. This guarantees the overall performance of the Kata Containers solution.

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