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June 27th, 2018

Operating Systems Latest News

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Most recently we added Ubuntu’s latest version: 18.04 LTS. Aside notable overall improvements it has added CPU controller for the cgroup v2 interface, AMD secure memory encryption support and the latest MD driver with software RAID enhancements. It has also become easier in this version to add PPA’s for users of 3rd party software.

Available on all plans except for x1.small and m2.xlarge. The previous version 17.04 has reached end of life.

Nixos 18.03

The latest version of our favorite declarative OS is now available along with many quality-of-life improvements. Improvements include user data support, making sure GRUB works over serial / SOS, updated kernel modules to prepare for future block storage support, a ton of networking improvements, and support for all instance types, including ARM.

OpenSuse 42.3

We have added OpenSuse to our offering to cater to the community of developers and sysadmins who work with open source tools. It comes with Open Build Service that enables the user to  easily compile packages for multiple Linux distributions. Another great OpenSuse tool is Machinery, a command line application for creating descriptions of Linux systems and working with them.

Not available on t1.small, c2.medium, m2.xlarge.

VMWare ESXi 6.5

With the release of ESXi 6.5 we deprecated support for the earlier versions. We also enhanced the support for the 6.5 version. We resolved the common root account lock-out issue, added private networking and added ability to rescue from the console.

Available on all types except for c1.large.arm and m2.xlarge.

Installing a new version

To install the latest versions on the server(s) you have running, you can use the (bulk) action of Reinstall and select the new OS version to complete the re-installing process. For help please refer to this guide.

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