Addtion of Rocky Linux as a Droplet Image

Posted March 3, 2021 560 views
CentOSCentOS 8

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:


  • Thank you VERY MUCH for your answer @bobbyiliev ! I’ll look into custom images in the near term. I do hope DO looks at offering RockyLinux or a similar open source solution as a replacement for Centos 7/8 but, lacking that, this functionality should more than suffice for now!

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.


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.

  • I’m adding my voice here hoping for RockyLinux Images for the same reasons outlined by @jamieib3 .

    All our Ansible playbooks and roles are written for CentOS. Refactoring them for Ubuntu / Debian support would be a big undertaking, plus I really don’t like where Ubuntu is going with the Snap store.

    That said, we’d be absolutely okay with paying a few dollars more per month for a RedHat-Droplet as long as we don’t have to deal with the subscription manager and everything.