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Addtion of Rocky Linux as a Droplet Image

As new releases of Centos will not happen - i.e. RHEL has decided to move Centos upstream and to treat it as a beta channel, which is UNACCEPTABLE for enterprise reliablity - will Digitalocean be adding Rocky Linux as a new OS base image?

Are there any thoughts in this regard by the community? What, if any, thoughts does Digitalocean have about this serious issue?


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Hi there @aparasharbfx,

Indeed, moving CentOS upstream is going to have a large effect on a lot of people. For my personal projects, I would be migrating my CentOS servers to either Debian or Ubuntu, I like the fact that the default repos are kept quite up to date and also that there is a lot of documentation and tutorials for both.

I believe that internally DigitalOcean are still evaluating different options as a replacement. I think that there have been no official announcements yet.

Regarding Rocky Linux, it should be ok to take advantage of the custom image functionality that DigitalOcean provides:

https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/images/custom-images/

Regards, Bobby

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At a glance there are a few reasons why custom images aren’t a viable solution:

  • You cannot assign a Floating IP to a Droplet created from a custom image.

  • Unlike stock images provided by DigitalOcean, Droplets created from custom images use DHCP to obtain an IP address from the DigitalOcean platform. The custom image’s network configuration doesn’t require any additional setup to use DHCP.

  • You cannot use IPv6 with Droplets created from custom images.

Please seriously consider adding Rocky Linux in place of CentOS 8.

Hello there, @aparasharbfx

Bobby already explained everything pretty well. Rocky Linux is expected to launch by the end of Q2 2021 and once it’s available you can use our custom image functionality as Bobby already suggested.

Regards, Alex