I am very excited to announce that Arch Linux Women is now being sponsored by Digital Ocean. If you haven't heard of them, Digital Ocean is a VPS host that offers fast SSD storage, an easy to use control panel with 2 factor authentication, backup snapshots and most importantly – Arch Linux support!
Arch Women can not do what we do without the support of the wider FOSS community. We needed more resources for our sites and services, and Digital Ocean stepped up to help. Working with their team has been great and it took us only moments to get an Arch Linux droplet deployed and booted.
After logging into the Digital Ocean control panel, we choose our location, droplet size, host name and operating system (Arch Linux 64 bit) and then clicked “create droplet”. 55 seconds later, we had a new Arch Linux virtual private server deployed and booted.
The only issue we ran into was with the ptr record for our domain. A ptr or reverse DNS record sets the reverse lookup for your IP address. We initally didn't see how to set the ptr record. After talking to Digital Ocean's support team on IRC, they let us know that the ptr record is set using the hostname for your droplet. So we named our Digial Ocean droplet “archwomen.org” and everything is working perfectly.
All of our web sites, git repositories and software development projects are now using Digital Ocean's hosting platform. Now that we don't need to worry about system resources, we can focus on our mission - to get more women involved with Arch Linux and free open source software.
This new partnership will help jump start our teaching and internship initiatives and allow us to reach out to more people. If you would like to get involved with our work, please jump into our IRC channel on Freenode located at #archlinux-women, we love new people!