Introducing FreeBSD and trimming down the official image list

Dec 23, 2015  - written by  in Cloud

In order to provide better support for the system images offered on our IaaS platform, we will reduce the number of available systems starting January 14, 2016. We have decided to focus our efforts on the more commonly used systems and encourage you to deploy your favorite images on our HVM platform yourself.

At the same time, we have decided to also introduce something new. We are happy to announce that FreeBSD is now officially supported by Gandi, after several weeks of beta testing by developers, community members and enthusiasts.

Starting January 14, 2016, only these systems will still be maintained by Gandi staff:

  • Debian 8.x and 7.x
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 12.04 LTS
  • CentOS 7.x and 6.x
  • FreeBSD 10.2 (a ZFS version and a UFS version)

All other images will be flagged as deprecated on January 14, 2016 and will be removed on June 14, 2016, at which point you will no longer be able to create new servers or disks with them. You will therefore have a six-month period to transition to newer systems or maintain your own legacy images using snapshots

As part of our ongoing effort to transition our customers to the new HVM platform, supported images will only be available for one architecture (x86_64) as we are also deprecating all 32-bit images on our Xen platform.

Going forward, we will offer the latest stable versions of selected systems according to the release schedules of the upstream developers. Please see our wiki article for detailed information about supported and deprecated images.

We encourage our customers to take advantage of the new HVM platform features to build their own images. Please contact our developers and support agents through the usual channels if you need any help.