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What will happen to Arch Linux? Sign here against deprecation!

Posted April 21, 2014 35.4k views
Hello, please, some can tell me information about the deprecation of Arch Linux? What will happen to active droplets? We can't create it anymore? Please, rethink this decision... I hope that there is a possible solution for all of us and future customers which come here only to use Arch Linux. Maybe with only make a kernel upgrade every six months or a year it's okey, or let use custom kernels.... Please, you (DO) are wrong with this.
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I needed to run Arch Linux on DO too, so I wrote a script that automatically converts a fresh Debian 7.0 x64 installation into a fully-updated Arch installation.

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/gh2o/digitalocean-debian-to-arch/master/install.sh
https://github.com/gh2o/digitalocean-debian-to-arch

Feedback appreciated!

+1 for Arch availability. Support I do on my own… So , the tutorials that was available for users appears good.

What will happen to active droplets?
Nothing. We are only deprecating the Arch Linux image.
We can't create it anymore?
No, you will not be able to create more Arch Linux droplets. However, you can spin up a new Arch Linux droplet right now, update it, and take a snapshot of it. Then, whenever you want to spin up a new Arch Linux droplet, you can use the snapshot as the official image will not be available. Keep in mind this means that you are 100% responsible for updating the image and making sure it works properly.
  • I've been on both sides of this. Working on several products, I've had to make decisions as to what platforms to support. I understand that a few voices asking for support for Arch doesn't amount to much. What I would like to know is: What would it take for DO to agree that keeping support for Arch was worth it? To start with an extreme, would $100 billion no string attached suffice for DO to offer 5 years of continued support for it? What bout $1 million? Or a petition of 10,000 signatories? Or a price premium for those who wish to use it? Dropping all application support and only keeping a single, updated 64-bit image? I understand that it's hard to come up with a simple answer for this, but it would be nice to know what it would hypothetically take to continue support for this. Arch is what got me on DO. Why would I want to use DO if it only has the other 4 selections? That's what everyone else already has. What's the differentiator? Thank you.
  • Just to second this.. I’m an extremely happy DO customer. I tell others how much I love DO. Been using it for almost a year, just today I decided I wanted another instance and went to spin up another only to find Arch is no longer an option. Your support of Arch is what brought me in as a customer and I’ve found that compared to other hosting options, your service is superb.

    Now that you no longer offer Arch, any other provider is just as good as you in my book. I have several Ubuntu, CentOS and other OS’s with other providers (GCE, AWS, others) at the same or better cost, but in my book, DO was where I came when I wanted a solid Arch image. As I have begun migrating services from other providers, my intent was to bring them here on Arch. With that option now gone, I will go look elsewhere for this service.

    I’m still extremely happy with the Arch image I have, I suppose I could just clone it and keep the good thing I have going, but it’s still very disappointing to come and find that it is no longer an option to get a fresh Arch image and kernel as a new droplet.

  • “Then, whenever you want to spin up a new Arch Linux droplet, you can use the snapshot as the official image will not be available.”

    Sadly, this is no longer the case. I tried creating new instances using snapshots today and I failed to do so. I then asked support about this and they said that it was no longer possible to restore from Arch based snapshots. This makes me sad and a bit fearful of my one lone Arch vm. Luckily I have backups on my local machine, but if push comes to shove and I have to restore it, I’m afraid of not being able to do so.

    Also, while it is possible to use the Debian 8 -> Arch conversion script to create a new Arch VM, it doesn’t change the little distro icon. :(

    P.S. Yeah, yeah. I know the thread is over a year old. It is still one of the first results that pops up in a google search and now contains inaccurate information.

Yes I'm responsible of my droplet, DigitalOcean isn't a managed server. But deprecate an actual working distribution isn't a good idea...
This means we will be stucked with kernel 3.8.4-1-ARCH, right?
The reason I first chose DigitalOcean (before knowing how great it is!) instead of similar hosting companies was because of Arch Linux availability.

Please let us still be able to use Arch on new droplets or at least continue allowing existing droplets to upgrade to new kernels as they are released for security reasons.

The reason I love Arch is because of its rolling releases.

If you need to scale down maintenance, people using Arch tend to be linux-savvy and able to manage their own systems if you let them.
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