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Old 11-03-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Slackware-friendly European providers of dedicated and virtual servers


If you know of a Slackware-friendly European provider of dedicated and virtual servers kindly add a reference to this thread, together with recommendations or caveats if you have first-hand experience of the provider.

NSA- and GCHQ-friendly outfits not wanted.

Price range: up to 50 euro per month at a push, but preferably lower. Hetzner have excellent dedicated server deals around the 30 euro figure, but they don't seem to make provision for Slackware installations.

Many thanks.
 
Old 11-03-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Sorry to answer off topic (my excuse is: that can help other people), the best provider I know by far for shared hosting is http://www.o2switch.fr/. Everything is included @ 6 € per month, see their unique offer They host http://slint.fr, answer my questions and requests very fast.

I communicate with them in French and mostly by email, but they answer the phone and I assume that they speak English.

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Old 11-04-2014, 01:50 AM   #3
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If you know of a Slackware-friendly European provider of dedicated and virtual servers kindly add a reference to this thread, together with recommendations or caveats if you have first-hand experience of the provider.

NSA- and GCHQ-friendly outfits not wanted.

Price range: up to 50 euro per month at a push, but preferably lower. Hetzner have excellent dedicated server deals around the 30 euro figure, but they don't seem to make provision for Slackware installations.

Many thanks.
Hi gezley,

I've been administrating virtual and dedicated Linux servers for various clients since 2006. Quality of service and price can vary quite a lot. A few remarks.

First of all, stay away from OVH and Ikoula. Their quality of service is next to non-existent, and I've been bitten badly. While their offers can seem attractive, what do you do when your server is down and nobody answers the phone for a week?

The french provider Online (a.k.a. Proxad a.k.a. Free) has excellent (!) quality of service, especially with his various "Dedibox" offers, ranging from 5,99 € / month (dedicated!) up to... whatever you can pay (if you need, say, 64 CPU's and 1 TB of RAM, they also have that on offer).

While they only have Debian, Ubuntu LTS, CentOS and FreeBSD on offer, Slackware can be installed using the live rescue session. I've documented this process here. I have the "Dedibox Classic" offer for 29,90 € / month, which is a quad-core CPU with 8 GB RAM, 2 X 1 TB hard disk (RAID 1) and unlimited bandwidth. I've had this for more than a year, I'm hosting a few web, mail and audio streaming servers on this setup, and I did not experiment a single failure. So I can only recommend it. I have a few Unix guru friends here in South France, and they all use the Online Dediboxes, and I took this as a good omen when I subscribed.

Cheers,

Niki

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Old 11-04-2014, 08:09 AM   #4
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First of all, stay away from OVH and Ikoula. Their quality of service is next to non-existent, and I've been bitten badly. While their offers can seem attractive, what do you do when your server is down and nobody answers the phone for a week?
Indeed, service is non-existent at OVH, at least in their Kimsufi range. However, instead of CentOS/Ubuntu-only they offer a wide range of operating systems out of the box, including Slackware. Prices are affordable and OVH won't lock you into long-running and impossible-to-cancel contracts, either. I'm happy with my three KS-2Gs running several hobby-projects, all on Slackware64 14.1. I wouldn't choose a KS system for anything professional, though.
 
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Indeed, service is non-existent at OVH, at least in their Kimsufi range. However, instead of CentOS/Ubuntu-only they offer a wide range of operating systems out of the box, including Slackware. Prices are affordable and OVH won't lock you into long-running and impossible-to-cancel contracts, either. I'm happy with my three KS-2Gs running several hobby-projects, all on Slackware64 14.1. I wouldn't choose a KS system for anything professional, though.
A few years back, I had an OVH server running Debian and decided to take another one with CentOS 5.x preinstalled. After a few days, I was surprised to find out it ran a 3.something kernel, while RHEL/CentOS 5.x still defaulted to a 2.something kernel. I contacted OVH support, and the guy told me that "we always ship the latest kernels, because this is better for security". So much for enterprise class Linux. After that, I reinstalled the original RHEL kernel, decided I wouldn't trust these guys to mow my lawn and hurried to find another provider.
 
Old 11-04-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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Sorry to answer off topic (my excuse is: that can help other people), the best provider I know by far for shared hosting is http://www.o2switch.fr/. Everything is included @ 6 per month, see their unique offer They host http://slint.fr, answer my questions and requests very fast.
Incredible value. I will keep an eye on them for shared hosting. Merci.
 
Old 11-04-2014, 02:31 PM   #7
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The french provider Online (a.k.a. Proxad a.k.a. Free) has excellent (!) quality of service, especially with his various "Dedibox" offers, ranging from 5,99 / month (dedicated!) up to... whatever you can pay (if you need, say, 64 CPU's and 1 TB of RAM, they also have that on offer).

While they only have Debian, Ubuntu LTS, CentOS and FreeBSD on offer, Slackware can be installed using the live rescue session. I've documented this process here.
This is what I was looking for - a recommendation and instructions. Merci, Nicolas.

I would like to see other recommendations as well - perhaps gathering them into one thread would make for a good sticky?
 
Old 11-04-2014, 05:07 PM   #8
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Sorry to answer off topic (my excuse is: that can help other people), the best provider I know by far for shared hosting is http://www.o2switch.fr/. Everything is included @ 6 per month, see their unique offer They host http://slint.fr, answer my questions and requests very fast.

I communicate with them in French and mostly by email, but they answer the phone and I assume that they speak English.
As far as I can tell, this is a mutualized server, not a dedicated/virtual server. You don't have root access, you can't choose your OS. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
Old 11-04-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
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As far as I can tell, this is a mutualized server, not a dedicated/virtual server. You don't have root access, you can't choose your OS. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
You're right, this is what I meant by shared hosting. So of course that's not for the same use cases. But at least I can ssh to my $HOME there so that's good enough to host http://slint.fr that is a purely static website and was also good enough to host my small company's website (with a PHP + MySQL backend) before I dropped it. It doesn't offer public ftp but as long as one can use wget to dowload small files (I host the big ISO files on sf.net) that's not an issue.

I don't care which exact OS runs there: as long as it's a Linux I feel at home

<rant>Honestly I had some hard time to adapt my main .htaccess (attached) so it works properly with the Apache version installed on the host, but I blame Apache not o2switch for that: that it be so painful to get everything working properly after a version change, explains why a lot of hosting companies drag feet at time of upgrading IMO</rant>
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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German provider netcup offers KVM-based virtual servers. Slackware doesn't come preinstalled, but they have the latest Slackware 64 Bit DVD to install from (you can also upload your own DVD image).

IIRC you have to choose a random distribution, mount the Slackware DVD from the control panel and reboot the machine. Via a web-based VNC-session you have access to the console and can install Slackware from the mounted image and do whatever you want. Pretty easy.

We have Slackware running there for about half a year, without any problem. KVM is great!

Mike
 
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:37 PM   #11
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German provider netcup offers KVM-based virtual servers. Slackware doesn't come preinstalled, but they have the latest Slackware 64 Bit DVD to install from (you can also upload your own DVD image).

IIRC you have to choose a random distribution, mount the Slackware DVD from the control panel and reboot the machine. Via a web-based VNC-session you have access to the console and can install Slackware from the mounted image and do whatever you want. Pretty easy.

We have Slackware running there for about half a year, without any problem. KVM is great!

Mike
Nice recommendation, and good price. I hope they have English because my German isn't so great. And they offer NetBSD as well. Might be able to set up Slack and a couple of others as domU domains in a nested NetBSD dom0. I like isolating public-facing services.

 
Old 02-03-2015, 04:10 AM   #12
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The french provider Online (a.k.a. Proxad a.k.a. Free) has excellent (!) quality of service, especially with his various "Dedibox" offers, ranging from 5,99 / month (dedicated!) up to... whatever you can pay (if you need, say, 64 CPU's and 1 TB of RAM, they also have that on offer).

While they only have Debian, Ubuntu LTS, CentOS and FreeBSD on offer, Slackware can be installed using the live rescue session. I've documented this process here.
Thanks for that recommendation and instructions Niki!
I now have the basic Dedibox SC gen2 server installed with Slackware 14.1. The only slight hiccup I had was that my user ID did not exist after the reboot, and I could only sign on as root.
Also, running your instructions through google translate kind of works, but need the original alongside to clarify, and it does weird things to command code, thankfully Linux refuses to run "rm -rf /" ).

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Old 08-22-2016, 05:53 AM   #13
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Smile I use bitfolk

I use "bitfolk" which is UK based with helpful support and a reasonable price. They don't offer a slackware image, but you can install via the rescue image which I documented here for 14.1 (I haven't got round to 14.2 yet), and hardware seems stable enough. it is a virtual server, and is about 12+vat a month for about 16GB storage and 1GB ram
 
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Thanks for that recommendation and instructions Niki!
I now have the basic Dedibox SC gen2 server installed with Slackware 14.1. The only slight hiccup I had was that my user ID did not exist after the reboot, and I could only sign on as root.
Also, running your instructions through google translate kind of works, but need the original alongside to clarify, and it does weird things to command code, thankfully Linux refuses to run "rm -rf /" ).
You might try to have a look here too, where I detailed the installation on online.net.

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