Talk:Arch Linux on a VPS
"Providers that offer Arch Linux" table
I looked at the table and found several issues with this:
- Some of these entries appear to be seven or more years old
- Specifying "Latest" as the archiso version gets old really quick
- Some of these entries even contain notes that make the VPS provider seem sketchy (e.g PacmanVPS or VPSCHEAP). Why is this even in this table then?
- A few entries actually read like an ad (like the World4You (even written in first person), VPSSERVER or Contabo one)
It seems like the table needs an overhaul, especially because there is much inconsistency. One of the entries even mentioned 32-bit, which is unsupported now.
Unfortunately I can not test all hosting providers, so I appreciate any help updating and cleaning up the table.
OVH still offers Archlinux VPS: https://www.ovhcloud.com/en/vps/compare/
I think the note about end of maintenance only applies to dedicated servers.
OVH will officially stop to offer Archlinux on VPS the August 26th 2021: http://travaux.ovh.net/?do=details&id=52038&. As a client I have received an email about that but there is unfortunately no blog post yet (that makes this announcement more official than their projects board). Moreover I had to reinstall my VPS 2 weeks ago and Arch was already unavailable. Instead of a proper offer, it should be possible to import a "cloud image" on their cloud platform (https://docs.ovh.com/ie/en/public-cloud/uploading-your-own-image/).
Images, templates and the archiso
There has been some discussion about what "Community-provided support" and "Official support" meant. Usually, the only (feel free to correct me) supported way to install Arch Linux is to do it manually via the archiso or to use the bootstrap image. The main point is that you have to know your own system, so it is also supported if you e.g made an image for your system yourself.
As an active user in #archlinux, I know that these mysterious one-click installations/images are usually a blackbox and actually unsupported because you do not know your own setup, which also causes other problems.
However, there is the arch-boxes project which is official.
So in my opinion "official Arch Linux support" means that you can install Arch Linux in a supported way and "Community provided support" means that this provider only offers e.g these "one-click installation"/images which can potentially be horribly outdated.