Alpine Linux 3.15 is now an Official OS
We've been fans, supporters, and users of Alpine Linux for a long time. As their tagline proudly declares, it's small, simple, and secure. What's not to love?
That's why it's especially exciting to add Alpine Linux 3.15 to our list of official operating systems. You'll find it available via our portal and API for our most popular Gen2 and Gen3 hardware platforms. A special thanks to Carlo Landmeter and the Alpine Linux team for partnering with us to make this happen.
If you want to know what's cool about 3.15, check out this 9to5linux article for a run down.
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Ubuntu 22.04 Released
It's always fun to have the latest shiny make an appearance on the Equinix Metal platform. Today it is Ubuntu 22.04, an LTS release with a great name (Jammy Jellyfish) which is available to deploy on-demand for our Gen2 and Gen3 configs.
Lots of goodies in this release including:
  • Better support for confidential computing
  • Optimizations for Arm Neoverse-based platforms like our Ampere c3.large.arm64
  • Full desktop support for Raspberry Pi!
  • Readily available NVIDIA GPU drivers
  • Linux kernel version 5.15
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Windows Server 2022
We're pleased to announce that Windows Server 2022 is now available as an official operating system for our Gen3 hardware (as well as a few special Gen2 configs).
Aside from the usual list of improvements, the 2022 variant is especially interesting if you're looking at Azure Arc and related hybrid cloud management tools from Microsoft.
Of course, this release is perfectly timed with Kinvolk/Flatcar's well-played April Fool's announcement.
Have a great weekend!
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Together at Last: Equinix Terraform Provider v1.5.0
Hear ye, hear ye! If you're a Terraform user, you'll be pleased as punch to know that the latest Equinix Terraform Provider (v1.5.0) brings together support for Equinix Metal, Equinix Fabric, and Network Edge in one place.
If you're using the Equinix Metal provider, we've made a handy little migration tool to help you migrate with ease. And if you're stuck on our old Packet provider, we've got you covered there as well! Here are some quick links to help you out - as always, ping us with issues / questions / improvement requests!
  • Equinix provider docs here
  • Migrating to use Metros instead of Facilities here
  • Migrating from the Equinix Metal provider here
  • Migrating from the Packet provider here
  • Full changelog here
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Cloud Provider Equinix Metal (CPEM) v3.4.0
We've shipped a major release of the Kubernetes Cloud Provider Equinix Metal (CPEM). Check out all the goodness below!
Here's what is new in our 3.4.0 release:
  • Full support for Kubernetes 1.23;
  • Adoption of the full cloud-provider API, including InstancesV2 and LoadBalancers;
  • Updates to many upstream dependencies, including core latest cloud-provider version;
  • Full support for Equinix Metal metro and facility
  • Elimination of dependency on metadata service
  • Logging improvements: much cleaner and saner, removing much of the complexity that existed before and confused users; extra checks to keep confidential data out of logs
  • Support for metallb source IP, eliminating the need for adding routes to use private IPs, which was a major headache
  • Complete refactor of control plane Elastic IP handling, providing much more reliable handling, options for how to check health, and better support for Cluster API for Equinix Metal
Also, we didn't forget about improvements to docs and such:
  • Proper reporting of versions and program name in output (makes it easy to see what is being used)
  • Complete refactor of the test and release workflows (for more reliable and faster results)
  • Clear documentation of end-to-end test requirements (preparing for automated end-to-end tests)
Debian 10 & 11 - Party Time!
Today we've released Debian 11 "bullseye" across all of our Gen2 and Gen3 configs, including both x86 and arm64 options. We've also released full support for Debian 10 "buster" for good measure!
In honor of the Winter Olympics, this only seemed appropriate. Looks like Debian's logo, no?
NixOS 21.11 Released
If you liked NixOS 21.05, you're gonna love NixOS 21.11, which is now available for on-demand deployment across all Gen3 machines.
Not only is the release codenamed "Porcupine" - which is pretty fantastic, but it includes a long list of additions and improvements. Have a look for yourself!
Rocky Linux 8 Now Available
Last month we added NixOS and Alma Linux added to our platform and swapped out "handcrafted" Ubuntu and RHEL images for upstream cloud images.
Today is another day, and with that, we have another operating system. Welcome, Rocky Linux 8, to all of our Gen3 machines, including both x86 and Arm!
And, of course, here is what's in our head when we click "deploy":
RHEL 8 Now Using Upstream Cloud Images
Okay, friends - it's a busy week with lots of updates. Here's another one for you, focused on big red.
This week we introduced a change to our RHEL 8 images, which are now being served with upstream cloud images instead of our own hand-crafted and packaged images. What this means is that we're no longer including the following packages, which were previously included in our RHEL images.
  • kernel-tools
  • vim
  • curl
  • pigz
  • kernel
  • kernel-modules
  • grub2-efi
  • grub2
  • shim
  • dracut-network
  • tar
  • audit
  • bash
  • ca-certificates
  • chrony
  • cloud-init
  • cloud-utils-growpart
  • curl
  • hwdata
  • keyutils
  • logrotate
  • microcode_ctl
  • net-tools
  • NetworkManager-team
  • NetworkManager-tui
  • openssh-clients
  • openssh-server
  • openssl
  • parted
  • pciutils
  • rsync
  • rsyslog
  • sudo
  • systemd
  • tar
  • tcpdump
  • teamd
  • tuned
  • vim
  • linux-firmware
  • dracut-config-generic
  • irqbalance
  • iputils
This adjustment brings our images in line with the standard images users consume on other clouds. If you need these packages, going forward you'll need to install them as part of your environment setup or use our legacy image process (legacy images will be available through December 2022).
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our support team!
Ubuntu Cloud Images Are Coming in January!
Operating systems....can’t live with them, can’t live without them!
In the first of a series of updates, we’re improving how we handle OS images. Here's what you can expect:
  1. We're moving from hand-crafted "works great on Metal" images to upstream cloud images.
  2. We're expanding our list of official OS's to make it easier for you to deploy what you need. Welcome to NixOS, AlmaLinux, and soon Rocky Linux, Alpine Linux, FreeBSD, Talos, and more.
An important distro to our users is Ubuntu, so we're giving it the royal treatment. Starting in January we will deploy upstream Ubuntu Cloud Images for all supported versions.
New Default Ubuntu Images Going Live in 4 weeks
On January 10th, 2022 we'll start delivering upstream Ubuntu Cloud images to all new deployments via our portal or API.
Most of you won't notice an issue, but we will be removing some packages that we currently include, but that are
included by default in the Ubuntu Cloud images. Here are the packages that will no longer be included by default. If you need them, you'll need to install them as part of your post-provisioning setup.
  • traceroute
  • cpufrequtils
  • dstat
  • iperf
  • jq
  • mg
  • mosh
  • mtr
  • netcat
  • nmap
  • ntpdate
  • python3-yaml
  • shunit2
  • ssh
  • unzip
  • gnupg2
What’s in it for you?
Aligning our official OS images with the images people use on other public clouds enables a better, more consistent experience. Simply put, a common image makes it easier to operate or migrate workloads across environments.
What if I want to keep using the legacy Docker-based images for a while?
If you really can't stand change, you can follow our legacy image process. The legacy images will be available until December 2022. But remember: these images are called legacy for a reason and will not receive updates.
Let us know if you have any questions!
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