Kept for reference.
I dumped all the free tier servers, I thought maybe if we could learn to use them and produce easy to folow guides they could be useful to people who can’t pay for a VPS but would like the opportunity to have one. Even oracle was a nightmare to use. They have a truly bizarre firewall system that is not accessed from the server at all but in their kafkaesque web control system. Not as bad a AWS or Azure or the rest but still, crap. And if you don’t log in for a while they take it off you and you have to start over again.
This may be worth pursuing though because the difficulties themselves would be a learning experience for people.