Summary

  • Alpine Linux netboot installer has been updated to 3.13.0
  • Fedora Linux distribution and netboot installer have been updated to 33
  • FreeBSD distribution and netboot installer have been updated to 12.2
  • NixOS netboot installer has been updated to 20.09

Alpine Linux

We have updated the Alpine Linux netboot installer to 3.13.0. See the Alpine Linux 3.13.0 release announcement for more details. A few highlights from their announcement include:

  • cloud-images and initial cloud-init support
  • Linux kernel 5.10.7
  • PHP 8.0
  • Node.js compiled with -O2 for performance
  • Various upgrades, including Busybox, Musl, GCC, Xen and others

Fedora

We have updated our Fedora distribution image and netboot installer to Fedora 33. Notable Changes are:

  • Disable TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, DH 1024, and SHA-1 for built-in cryptography
  • disable swap and switch to using a compressed RAM drive (zram)
  • Move to systemd-resolve for DNS resolution
  • make Nano the default editor
  • Upgrades in many packages, including those for Go, Perl, Python and others

FreeBSD

We have updated our distribution image and netboot installers to include FreeBSD 12.2. Notable changes include:

  • upgrades to many userland and third party applications such as cron, dd, and others
  • Jail can be used to run Linux inside a jail
  • read call will no longer allow to read directories without setting security.bsd.allow_read_dir=1
  • virtio_blk filesystem allows trimming

NixOS

We have updated our netboot installer to include NixOS 20.09. Notable changes include:

  • upgrades to GCC, Glibc, and others
  • upgrades to MariaDB, Zabbix, and others
  • added PHP-7.3, Python-3.8
  • removed Php-7.2, Python-3.5
  • added Jitsi Meet module
  • added AuthorizedKeysCommand and AuthorizedKeysUser to services.openssh.extraconfig,

Installation

Our distribution images and netboot installers are available from the management console of any Prgmr.com VPS.

Note that Alpine Linux and NixOS are only available for services that use HVM virtualization. To check the virtualization mode of existing services, log in to the management console, select “system details”, and check the virtualization mode.