It’s been a few years since we first provided FreeBSD images for Brightbox Cloud. Unfortunately, these older images did not include virtio network or disk driver support, which was unavailable at the time, and as a result were unable to fully exploit their performance potential.
Neither did they include cloud-init, so your ssh keys weren’t automatically installed, the filesystem was not grown automatically, and none of the other great things that cloud-init usually does for you.
I’m pleased to announce that from today, we’re now providing official images for the
9.x-RELEASE stable release branches, which include virtio support and bsd-cloudinit, finally making FreeBSD a first class citizen on Brightbox Cloud!
The bsd-cloudinit project is based on OpenStack’s cloudbase-init, which aims to bring the instance initialization benefits of cloud-init to cloud servers running a wide range of OSs. Its current features include:
It doesn’t have full support for user-data just yet, but this is currently under development.
The new images will automatically install your ssh keys under the
freebsd user. No root password is set by default, you can use
sudo to run commands as root or start an interactive root session using
We’re still working on some improvements behind the scenes to reduce the time it takes to publish images after a new release. In the mean time, why not take your favourite daemon for a spin?
If you’re not already a Brightbox customer you can get signed up in 2 minutes. We’ll even apply an automatic £20 credit to get you started.