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Old 11-04-2019, 07:17 PM   #1
Didier Spaier
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Looking for a good VPS provider


Hello,

I consider renting a VPS to host a website, a mailing list, and a (non public) packages repository.

I have heard good things from https://prgmr.com/xen/ but I'd prefer use one that allows to use Slackware or a distribution based on it.

Any idea appreciated.
 
Old 11-04-2019, 07:19 PM   #2
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I use Linode .. was on/off/on again for a while... now pretty consistently running them for quite a few years. They have a 14.2 image you can fire up in about 5 minutes...
No complaints
 
Old 11-04-2019, 07:31 PM   #3
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I've had a RVS L14 VPS from keyweb dot de since June. Support request to enable a Slackware -current install was answered within hours. Only problem I've had is the layout of the keyboard at the VNC console; can't seem to replace what seems to be DE keyboard with GB keyboard. Once Slackware was installed I was able to SSH in anyway and the GB keyboard setting was honoured.
 
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:18 PM   #4
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i use Linode for many years : in one word, simply excellent. comes with both web-GUI and CLI API, very professional support team, great flexibility, console access with Glish, finnix rescue disk and so on.

although they offer prepacked slack14.2 install images i go with my own slack installation with stock 14.2, or current more recently. i use a whole network of Linode VPSs with VPN, NFS, VNC, HPC and soon also GPU, with some of the VPS nodes created and killed as needed using my own start/stop scripts and the linode-cli. one node runs our website with slack current and WP. Linode VPS availability is better than that of any hardware solution i used over the years.
 
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:10 PM   #5
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I did a 14.2 upgrade to -current in Linode with no issues. Followed the standard UPGRADE.txt

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Old 11-04-2019, 10:31 PM   #6
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I use Linode and recommend them.

I started with their Slackware 14.2 image which is nice and minimal, then grew my own base system with additional packages, configs and updates from that. When I need to fire up a new linode I clone the base, start their recovery system and set necessary configs, change passwords, etc...
 
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:31 AM   #7
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Another +1 for Linode!
 
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:02 AM   #8
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Question Upgrade from 14.2 to current.

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I did a 14.2 upgrade to -current in Linode with no issues. Followed the standard UPGRADE.txt
Did you used --install-new in upgradepkg to make that work? I would like to try the same, but I want to keep the installation lean and I don't want to add everything.
 
Old 11-05-2019, 06:49 AM   #9
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I did not use install-new
It's a bit dangerous but as long as you keep it slim to begin with I think you won't have issues. That particular server I use for running a few IRC services and that's about it.
 
Old 11-05-2019, 06:54 AM   #10
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I did not use install-new
It's a bit dangerous but as long as you keep it slim to begin with I think you won't have issues. That particular server I use for running a few IRC services and that's about it.
Thanks for the answer. Yes, I want to run a server with a few very specific services. I will give it a try.
 
Old 11-05-2019, 08:14 AM   #11
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Another +1 for Linode. Have used their service for a while, and always excellent. Additionally, BuyVM.net is also a great choice, super affordable, great performance/stability, and they have a Slackware64 14.2 ISO you can install with.
 
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:39 AM   #12
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I use ITLDC, it allow to load any iso on server via web-interface, yes.
 
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:00 AM   #13
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That's interesting Nekit... Did you flip some kernel configs or options for that? I thought some were required for running in a VPS
 
Old Today, 01:59 AM   #14
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Questions about setting up a Linode

Thanks all for your enlightening answers.

I will go for a standard Linode plan.

A few additional, questions before I mark this thread as solved.
  1. In what respect is the provided Slackware 14.2 image specific (kernel, other)? Is it a full installation? Is it 64bit?
  2. If the kernel is specific, what are the caveats switching to another one after installation?
  3. Can I go graphical when using the virtual machine, or only use the command line?
  4. Eventually, I will run Slint (Slackware derivative) in the VM. I can install Slackware then convert it to Slint, but is it possible to install Slint (or any other distribution) directly, and then how?
  5. I wanna use GRUB to boot the machine. Can I set the machine to boot in UEFI mode as well as in Legacy mode? Switch between modes?
  6. Can I freely partition the virtual hard drive if using a standard Slackware image or installing a custom system? use either a GPT or a dos partition table? I ask as for instance if I want to use GRUB with a GPT in Legacy mode I will need a Bios boot partition.

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Old Today, 03:32 AM   #15
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Easier than what it looks like...

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Thanks all for your enlightening answers.

I will go for a standard Linode plan.

A few additional, questions before I mark this thread as solved.
The installation is a very minimal 64-bit install.

As for BIOS, kernels, partitions and boot loaders, you don't have to worry about (although you can run a custom kernel). I'm using the provided kernels without any problem for more than 10 years now.

I suggest that you spend some time reading the FAQs and the provided documentation, then play with a nano-node to see how things work before installing your actual system.

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