Oracle Linux cloud images now available for the Arm platform

June 7, 2022 | 4 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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Oracle is pleased to announce the latest Oracle Linux cloud images, including a new Oracle Linux 8 for Arm image. Available today, these images can be leveraged on Oracle Linux KVM, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager or bare metal systems to automate Oracle Linux operating system deployments. The three latest images are:

  • Updated - Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 image for x86-64 (Intel/AMD 64-bit) which includes:
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 Update 3 - kernel-uek-5.4.17-2136
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 37GB of OS Virtual-Disk
  • Updated - Oracle Linux 8 Update 6 image for x86-64 (Intel/AMD 64-bit) which includes:
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 - kernel-uek-5.4.17-2136
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 37GB of OS Virtual-Disk
  • New - Oracle Linux 8 Update 6 image for aarch64 (Arm 64-bit) which includes:
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 - kernel-uek-5.4.17-2136
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 15GB of OS Virtual-Disk

New Oracle Linux cloud images include powerful automation; are built on cloud-init, the same technology used on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; and include improvements and regression fixes.

How to download Oracle Linux cloud images

Oracle Linux cloud images are available on yum.oracle.com from the "Oracle Linux Cloud Images" Download section.

Oracle Linux Cloud Images

Further information

Oracle Linux cloud images allow you to configure different options on the first boot for your system; cloud-init options configured on the Oracle Linux images are:

  • VM Hostname
    • define the Virtual Machine hostname
  • Configure Timezone
    • define the Virtual Machine timezone (within an existing available list)
  • Authentication
    • Username
      • define a custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine
    • Password
    • Verify Password
      • define the password for the custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine
    • SSH Authorized Keys
      • SSH authorized keys to get password-less access to the Virtual Machine
    • Regenerate SSH Keys
      • Option to regenerate the Virtual Machine Host SSH Keys
  • Networks
    • DNS Servers
      • define the Domain Name Servers for the Virtual Machine
    • DNS Search Domains
      • define the Domain Name Servers Search Domain for the Virtual Machine
    • In-guest Network Interface Name
      • define the virtual-NIC device name for the Virtual Machine (ex. eth0)
  • Custom script
    • Execute a custom-script at the end of the cloud-init configuration process

These options can be easily managed by the "Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager" web interface by editing the Virtual Machine and enabling the "Cloud-Init/Sysprep" options:

OLVM-cloud-init

Further details on how to import and use the Oracle Linux cloud images with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager are available in this technical article on Simon Coter's Oracle Blog.

The same automation can also be easily adopted on Oracle Linux KVM and examples are available in "A Quick Start with Oracle Linux Templates For KVM" technical article.

Oracle Linux KVM & Virtualization Manager Support

Support for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network for additional resources on Oracle Linux support.

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Simon Coter

Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

A 20-years Oracle veteran, Simon Coter is an experienced product manager and open source community member. He leads a team responsible for several Oracle Linux and Virtualization offerings, including Oracle Linux, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, Oracle Cloud Native Environment, Oracle Linux KVM, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle Linux Automation Manager, Gluster, Oracle VM, and VirtualBox. Prior to this, Simon was a technical consultant focused on project management, architectures definition, sizing and implementation, best practices, and technical references for customers.


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