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Keep Arch Linux on DigitalOcean

Hi all,

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.
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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.

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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.
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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. :(

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      • Matthew RobinsonMatthew Robinson commented  · 

        I recently came to Digital Ocean expecting to use Arch Linux as my droplet. Needless to say I was disappointed to see that was no longer an option. PLEASE bring Arch back! It's the best!

      • Fausto UribeFausto Uribe commented  · 

        Any official response to this request?
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      • JonathanJonathan commented  · 

        I also felt tricked seeing Arch in the video. I signed up for DO believing Arch was supported and was very disappointed to discover it was not.

        Please bring it back!

      • Fernando CordeiroFernando Cordeiro commented  · 

        Arch was not the reason I signed up, but that doesn't mean I don't want it. I think the message is pretty clear: Bring Arch back. Most requested Image, with almost 1400 votes. Custom ISOs is the only suggestions regarding images that is higher than Arch.

        The second most voted image is OpenBSD by the way, with 409 votes. To me this looks pretty obvious: We need Hosting, and we need Arch.

        Come on guys, what is taking you so long?!?

      • NateNate commented  · 

        I just saw Arch Linux on the homepage and I am really disappointed to see, that DO doesn't support Arch Linux anymore... Please bringt it back!

      • Brian MBrian M commented  · 

        Arch needs to be back, no doubt about it.

      • Christopher BaylissChristopher Bayliss commented  · 

        I signed up because I saw Arch Linux in the homepage video, I went to make a Droplet with Arch Linux on it and was shocked to find Arch was gone. :(

        Please bring it back! :)

        In the mean time, I setup a CentOS droplet for my website, and it is great!

      • Subash SnSubash Sn commented  · 

        I really wanted Arch linux now!

      • Eugene TulushevEugene Tulushev commented  · 

        Just registered on DO, because Arch was on the main page in the gif.
        I just feel cheated and betrayed.

      • RyanRyan commented  · 

        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 meekscb 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

      • SinanSinan commented  · 

        I was planning to run Arch linux but what the hell? There is no Arch droplet!

      • RayRay commented  · 

        +1 for ArchLinux

      • BrendenBrenden commented  · 

        Yes! I've gotten so used to it, all my apps run on it. Don't take our Arch, plz!!

      • SeanSean commented  · 

        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.

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