DO Ideas 2

Offer Oracle Linux as a disto for droplets

I would like to use Oracle Linux 6.4 (64 bit). This is a RHEL based disto, very similar in process/licensing with CentOS 6.4

  • Ronald Bradford
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • David E. Smith commented
    September 11, 2018 18:23

    I suspect that even if that conversion script works (and it looks simple enough), you wouldn't get the arguably-most-important benefit of Oracle Linux, their "unbreakable" kernel. DO's hypervisor doesn't (AFAIK) allow droplets to run arbitrary kernels.

  • TJH commented
    September 11, 2018 18:23

    It would be very useful to have Oracle Linux as a droplet option. It is almost identical to CentOS and is also free, but it is supported by Oracle if you want to run their database.

    I also tried the script provided by Oracle to convert CentOS to OL (https://linux.oracle.com/switch/centos/) but it failed and left the system unstable. Be sure to have a backup or make an image of your Droplet before you try this on DO. Oracle Support knowledge base wasn't useful either "Issue With Centos2ol.sh (Doc ID 1527385.1)" as I found additional problems with the script, such as accessing invalid pages at poptop.sourceforge.net

  • Ali Riza Dikici commented
    September 11, 2018 18:23

    You can try the following link to convert CentOS to Oracle Linux.

    https://linux.oracle.com/switch/centos/

  • Mircea commented
    September 11, 2018 18:23

    I'm also interested in this.