By Matthew Dublin
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has removed the "beta" tag from their Amazon Linux AMI cloud that was launched about a year ago. The Linux cloud is now allegedly stable and secure, and adoption has been steady, according to the AWS blog. Current Linux AMI users have the choice of either upgrading to the most recent release or launching brand new instances.
According to the announcement on their blog, in addition to making the Linux cloud "alpha," AWS is also adding a ton of new features and services, including the following:
• The Message of the Day now tells you when updates to installed packages are available.
• While the AMI’s default configuration is set to provide a smooth upgrade path from release-to-release, you can now lock the update repositories to a specific version to inhibit automatic updates to newer releases.
• Security updates are automatically applied on the initial boot of the AMI. This behavior can be modified by passing user data into the AMI with cloud-init.
• There's a new Amazon Linux AMI Security Center.
• Puppet has been added to the repositories and is available for system configuration management.
• Access to the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository is configured, though not enabled by default. EPEL provides additional packages beyond those shipped in the Amazon Linux AMI repositories, but these third party packages are not supported.
• The cfn-init daemon is installed by default to simplify CloudFormation configuration.
• A total of 50 new packages are available including the command line tools for AWS, Dash, Dracut, Facter, Pssh, and Varnish. 227 other packages have been updated and 9 have been removed. For a full list of changes, refer to the Amazon Linux AMI Release Notes.