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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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      • Anonmymous42Anonmymous42 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also agree with other users here. I'm using Linode because they have Arch Linux support even though they are more expensive. Without Arch Linux you are truly limiting yourself to a huge community. The Arch Wiki along with many other resources are vital to Linux in general. Until you have Arch Linux support you will never have my support.

      • Ryan HollomanRyan Holloman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So many people have already made their opinions on this matter clear. I can only echo what has been said: I came to Digital Ocean (DO) under the impression that I would be able to use Arch as a platform, thanks to the many comparison articles which compare DO to Linode. I settled at the time, but now that I have wet my feet it is time to make a decision and to me the platform choice is a deciding factor. Please consider brining Arch Linux back.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was coming back after being a previous DO user but im not paying for a droplet without arch. sorry, you lost a customer.

      • DavidDavid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add Arch back, my servers using Arch really make my life easier. We're not the biggest user base around, but we are VERY loyal.

      • Matthew RobinsonMatthew Robinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • JonathanJonathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • Christopher BaylissChristopher Bayliss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • RyanRyan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

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

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