Provide a service to host and provision customer operating system images
A number of customers want to provision operating systems that are not on the standard operating system list: https://metal.equinix.com/developers/docs/operating-systems/supported/ Equinix Metal allows for provisioning custom images: https://metal.equinix.com/developers/docs/operating-systems/custom-ipxe/ However, this requires maintaining a PXE server. GOAL: Provide a service where customers could upload their operating system images. These would be distributed within the Metal cloud and could then be provisioned by the customer on their server instances.
FreeBSD 13 as an Officially Supported OS
Support FreeBSD 13 as an official Equinix Metal operating system.
EVE-OS as Officially Supported OS
EVE-OS leverages Alpine Linux, therefore support for Alpine is desired too. ( https://github.com/lf-edge/eve#readme ) EVE-OS however adds another layer of security plus remote management. It requires an "EVE Controller". Using the open source (OpenEVC) or commercial EVE controller (ZEDCloud service: see https://zededa.com ), a sysadmin can specify sw to be installed and run on top of EVE-OS. This secure command capability from anywhere further supports multi-tenant apps (on one Metal box) that by default are fully isolated from each other. It can also run K3s clusters. The ability to install EVE-OS already works: https://github.com/lf-edge/eve/blob/master/docs/DEPLOYMENT.md But if it could be done using an "easy button" approach (to fetch the latest iPXE cfg file to do the installation from GitHub), that would be even better. Also there's room for improvement for the EVE-OS onboarding key or cert that is needed by an EVE Controller. We can help brainstorm how to do that best.
VyOS as an Officially Supported OS
Support VyOS 1.3 as an official operating system inline with offerings on AWS, GCP, etc. "VyOS is a Debian GNU/Linux-based open source network operating system with VPN, router and firewall functionality out of the box. With a primary focus on routing, we offer our users access to enterprise-grade services such as powerful traffic filtering, flow analysis, high availability topologies, IPsec, OpenVPN and NAT. A flexible selection of VPN technologies, including DMVPN and even modern WireGuard, along with advanced dynamic routing support, transforms VyOS into a centralized management hub for connecting your network environments and bridging the gap between cloud-based and on-premises infrastructure."