Keep Arch Linux on DigitalOcean
I really love Arch Linux so much, but DO is trying to move that out. I hope that you guys can try to vote for the fantastic distro to keep it on DO.
The following is the letter that I just wrote to the support ticket.
I'm very surprised about the maintainability of Arch Linux. Personally, I'm a heavy user of Arch, I do love the distro. Arch Linux is a contemporary minimalist Linux distribution. It provides a very clean, lightweight distribution of the Linux operating system.
While I was trying to launch another Arch server on DO, I was astonished about the announcement.
We are deprecating Arch Linux as one of the standard base distributions. We haven't seen a large up take in the number of customers that have installed Arch and given the distro's rolling updates the maintenance work that it requires currently on our side does not allow us to stay up to date.
Please, please don't take out my favorite distro from DO. The Arch community is very strong and powerful, you can ask anyone for help, even I can try to help you guys to maintain the Arch kernel for DO. I'm very sad to hear that you want to move the distro out.
Maybe I'll consider to move to Linode seriously if you really do so. :(
8 month since last release. It's time for an upgrade.
Please provide sit module (IPv6 in IPv4) for all Arch Linux kernels !
The current Arch release is 2013.05, which unfortunately requires manual intervention when upgrading, according to https://www.archlinux.org/news/binaries-move-to-usrbin-requiring-update-intervention/ .
pacman -Syu should ideally work out of the box, but unfortunately doesn't. Upgrading the release would improve this.
arch is a rolling release. constantly updated, etc.. its important to always offer the newest version, because trying to upgrade from say 2013.05 to 2013.08 in place, can be awful.
I tried to create an Arch Linux droplet in Amsterdam, but it always turned out to be Ubuntu.
this don't have the droplets image problem
And have the kernel 3.9 that have ext4 new features
Arch Linux will currently break on update, since it tracks the latest release of the Linux kernel and kernel upgrades are not supported by DigitalOcean. Manually holding back the kernel will eventually break the system, since all released Arch packages assume the latest kernel is installed.
Therefore, for Arch Linux to be a realistic option for a droplet, it must either be Arch LTS, or kernel upgrades must be supported.
Eugene Tulushev commented
Just registered on DO, because Arch was on the main page in the gif.
I just feel cheated and betrayed.
It would be better to have a more sensible server distro that was minimalist, i.e. Gentoo or Slackware. Arch is not a good server distribution.
cb meeks commented
I'm a fan of Arch Linux but I can'd imagine DO removing support for something that was used frequently. I personally want to use a very minimalist distro (which Arch seems to be) but the majority has spoken. Now I'm just guessing here, but the reason we probably don't have Arch is the same reason we don't have FreeBSD. Not a large enough percentage of their customer base ACTUALLY used it. Having said that, I still say bring back Arch and while you're at it, give us FreeBSD. :-D
I was planning to run Arch linux but what the hell? There is no Arch droplet!
+1 for ArchLinux
Since the Arch Linux image has been removed, here's a script that converts a Debian 7.0 x64 installation into a fully-updated Arch installation. Feedback appreciated!
Yes! I've gotten so used to it, all my apps run on it. Don't take our Arch, plz!!
+1 for ArchLinux
Sergio Navarro Fernández commented
To update the kernel image from an Archlinux in DO, you should use this --> https://github.com/sharow/archlinux-digitalocean
Anyway, someone can send me an archlinux snapshot? :(
I'd love to have Arch back on DO. I was lucky enough to be able to build an Arch droplet right before support for creating new Arch droplets was deprecated. I'm able to spin up new Arch droplets based on that snapshot I have saved, but I've lost the ability to keep my kernel updated. There'll come a day when I won't be able to spin up a new droplet and update the system to current. This workaround is hacksy and while it works right now, I would love to have Arch support re-instated. It's a fast, smooth, lightweight (as you make it) distro with a ton of recently updated packages available.
Joe Eaves commented
Arch is my go-to. I'm upvoting this ticket and also the ticket to allow custom ISOs, to allow me to use Arch. Please?
Arch Linux would be my first choice to install. I can deal with debian or ubuntu, but I'd prefer to have a distro I actually like to use.
We need to run Arch Linux on DO too
Matthew Sitton commented
Same as others arch linux was the reason i signed up for digital ocean in the first place.
I have started migrating over to linode.
The Digital Orchard commented
With the diverse range of Linux distros available, is Arch Linux really that unique? We all establish our preferences, but I've found that we are also very adaptable creatures, and learning to adapt to other platforms and approaches can be hugely beneficial. It helps us to grow instead of staying inside of our comfort zone.
Karl Tremain commented
All, Can I suggest you take a look at linode.com instead, as they offer arch, and it is a lot more up to date than the DO build was. I've just opened an account there, and tested their support, which is just as quick to reply to tickets as DO is.
Today i created my first DO account just to find that there is no Arch Linux Option , availability of Arch Linux is one of the reason i choose DO, DO you are loosing one more potential customer , please bring back Arch.
Michiel Helvensteijn commented
When I expressed my disappointment about this decision to a DO representative (support ticket), they sent me here. So at least they're aware of this page. Needless to say, I fully agree that Arch should come back.
DigitalOcean: You can't advertise as a geek-friendly company and then take away their favorite toys. :-)
Alexander Bus commented
Nooooo! Bring it back, DO!
Karl Tremain commented
700+ votes, and no update from DO staff AT ALL. And now they go and delete the image entirely.
Surely thats proof that users want the image, and DO dont really care what they want or not...