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.
+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.
Hey, if you could let at least one of the more serious Archers (like myself) in on how you create and update the Arch images, I'm sure someone wouldn't mind helping to automate it at least. Even better though would be to just automate building of the Arch install disk and having that "disk" be inserted on droplet creation.
+2 for Arch
I've been choosing between Linode and DO and now I'm here, cuz I can have the same SSD VPS for only $5 per month, and my Arch Linux droplet is so lightweight that '512Mb RAM' plan is more then enough for my needs.
If DO's team is bothered about this distro's frequent kernel updates, maybe they would allow us to use Arch with linux-lts kernel?
I came for arch linux because I saw it mentioned in many of your tutorials online.
Now that I have entered my credit information and am about to create a droplet... I am hesitating because Arch linux is no longer an option.
Is there any public announcement as to why arch was dropped?
I wont use anything but Arch Linux. If they don't bring back arch support, I'm switching to linode.
We want Arch Linux! Only problem with Arch Linux is that they occasionally f**k up so that you get no network support on your VPS. I tried this a few times and I guess that's a major reason why DO doesn't want to do Arch Linux anymore.
I just recommended DO to my boss yesterday, not realizing Arch has been dropped. Frustrated. You will be losing my business.
You guys are going to lose customers if you don't support other distros, you have 2 flavors of redhat, redhat testing IE Fedora and the community version "CentOS" of RHEL. You guys should support Suse and OpenSuse as it's also suited towards servers.
Basically you've removed options from just a few years ago, you used to have gentoo and that got wiped, then you just discontinued arch within the last year. What's next? Fedora?
Many are going towards Vultr as it offers more, is actually faster in I/O, and offers custom images which you guys should be offering. Ubuntu is "cute" as a server but I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole, it's fine on desktops, and okay on servers. Yes, I understand I can run arch as a container in CoreOS, same with any distro but why would I?
I rather run the distro I choose, kinda sucks but without custom images many are going to go towards Linode, Vultr, and Ramnode "for gentoo... don't bother as the images are borked right now"