Archlinux, server’s best friend?

I have a major confession to make, I’m a very lazy person in terms of replacing things or performing maintenance that is vital to an appliance or machine.

Honestly, I wish I was that person that immediately replaces their filter of the kitchen hood when the first signs of decolourisation hits or keep track when the washing- or coffee machine needs decalcifying. My brain and inner voice keep warning me, but it is almost like my body refuses to act on it. No, I’m the kind of guy, that by the time I am going to replace it or get the job done, the task takes more effort than I would like to, due to my own laziness. You can imagine that at those moments, the language I use to address myself, isn’t that clean and pristine as I use in this article.

Fixed release distros

Recently I read enthusiastic and eager reactions to Ubuntu’s upcoming major release: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release. A big part of the Linux community can’t wait for this much-anticipated release. Whilst reading those reactions and articles on it, my brain went into a situation of slight dread.

The reason for my state of mind has everything to do with my laziness. The server that runs this website, the Endeavour website, the forum and our mirror is running Ubuntu and even though the version it is running will be supported for a while now, still, the feeling of dread to migrate the server to a newer version is haunting me. Yes, I know, it isn’t the greatest of tasks, but still, the thought of going through extra hoops, just to get the latest and greatest, is daunting for me.

It was reading those articles that I began to realize that most server providers ship their servers with fixed release Linux distros.

Rolling server bliss

CentOS, Debian, OpenSuse and Ubuntu are the most used server distros and with reason. Most of them are backed by a company that makes sure those distros will meet the high professional standards the server market requires.

This thought brought me to this question, why hasn’t Archlinux been on that path?

I can name only one important thing that might scare off investors to use Archlinux as a base for professional server software, its reputation for breaking every single update.

As Arch-users, we all know that that claim is bogus, but for non-Arch users, it is one opinion that can’t be taken away, no matter what. I am convinced that Arch has all the ingredients to become a rock-solid and easy to handle server distro.

All it takes are investors with guts, someone with a vision, an Arch server edition that slightly runs behind the desktop version, in that case, the desktop version will be the same as what Fedora is for Red Hat and once the creases are smoothed out in a week or two, push the updates to the server edition and you have rolling server bliss.

Reputation

The entire Linux community is praising Arch for being on the frontline and it is even a must-have title to be able to say: I run Arch, only if you installed it yourself and know how to maintain it, mind you.

That reputation is Arch’s bliss and curse at the same time, besides being bleeding edge, it also has the reputation of being ruthless. That is a pity because it is a relatively small percentage of the community that really is unfriendly or cocky. I believe this also plays a part that Arch isn’t there amongst those other distro’s

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to trash the hand that feeds us, my point is quite the opposite. I would like Arch to be one of the big players in the Linux world.

Even though the Open-source community is frowning upon projects having a commercialized branch, having a company or big investors behind Open-source projects such as Arch brings stability with it.

Archlinux has come a long way and it deserves to be one of the big faces of Linux for the outside world. Recently a new project leader, Levente Polyak, was announced and who knows where he will lead the project to.

Arch needs to get rid of the reputation it was given to move forward and I say deliberately given because it is a reputation that is built by some Arch community members and not by Arch itself. In my opinion, a big charm offensive would do the job and who knows some investor will see the project to give a large group of lazy minded people like myself a true rolling server bliss experience…

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2 thoughts on “Archlinux, server’s best friend?

  • March 30, 2020 at 20:46
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    You’re not alone. Richard Brown (openSUSE) states in his article that he is a lazy Sysadmin and what he thinks about rolling releases on servers. Of course SUSE-related but still interesting.
    https://rootco.de/2020-02-10-regular-releases-are-wrong/

    I’ve seen virtual server for rent with Arch preinstalled. Maybe Arch gets it’s chance to enter the server market and uses that chance.

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    • March 30, 2020 at 22:06
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      Let’s hope so and Arch: Are you perhaps in need of a Spokesperson?

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