Archlinux on a OVH kimsufi server posted on 15 February 2014

The Archlinux distribution installed on OVH kimsufi servers come with a custom kernel.

While it is not super-old, it is still not up to date (at the time of writing, OVH is using 3.10.9 while Arch comes with 3,12.9).

Installing Arch from scratch seems to be doable, but is probably some work. Another way to have a recent kernel is just to use OVH template and then swap the kernel. For that you just need to:

  • Install Arch from the web interface
  • Update /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist with normal values (look at mirrorlist.pacorig)
  • Generate a new grub conf with
sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
  • Make sure that the entry with the normal kernel in /boot/grub/grub.cfg is the first one.
  • Reboot

Then you get:

[email protected]******:~$ uname -r