New releases of Ubuntu AMIs for Amazon EC2 2008-11-30

New updates have been released for all* of the Ubuntu and Debian AMIs listed on:

The primary enhancements in this release are:

  • The kernel modules for Amazon’s old 2.6.16 kernel are no longer included in the AMI. The images have been running for a while on Amazon’s 2.6.21 kernel by default and kernel modules are included for this version. If you need the 2.6.16 kernel modules they are available for download or you can build a new AMI with the kernel modules using the ec2-ubuntu-build-ami script on the above site.

  • The EC2 AMI tools have been upgraded to 1.3-26357. This has reduced the number of required patches down to one as Amazon continues to improve support for Ubuntu and Debian in these tools.

  • A new –arch option has been added based on a patch submitted by Don Spaulding II. This may help in building images for both 32- and 64-bit on the same system.

  • Note that the Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy release is marked as obsolete and is no longer being maintained or updated. The Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty AMI was able to be updated it is also past its end of life.

There have been no volunteers for building an automated AMI testing framework so not all of these 24 images have been tested. Please report quickly any problems you encounter and hold off a bit on upgrading to these in production environments.