New releases of Ubuntu AMIs for Amazon EC2 2009-04-18 (XFS fixes)

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

The primary enhancements in this release are:

  • The images which were experiencing problems with XFS and the Amazon 2.6.21fc8 kernel have been fixed by installing an XFS kernel module which matches Amazon’s kernel. This includes Ubuntu Intrepid, Ubuntu Jaunty, Debian Lenny, and Debian Squeeze.

  • The Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty image is using release candidate software. The official Jaunty release is expected April 23.

  • At the request of the Amazon security folks, ssh PasswordAuthentication has been disabled by default on the server images. Even though the base images have passwords disabled on the root account, some folks may be creating accounts with poor passwords susceptible to attacks. The desktop images require password authentication for NX (as far as I know) so please use secure passwords.

  • The desktop images have been upgraded to a recent version of NX Free Edition software.

  • This is the last published image for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy. This version has reached its end of life on April 18 and should not be used any more unless you really need to test something on Gutsy and you aren’t going to leave it running long (no security patches available).

All of the AMIs are available in both the US and European regions.


  • The Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy, 7.04 Feisty, and 7.10 Gutsy AMIs are obsolete and unsupported. Running these images introduces a security risk as no security patches are being produced any more by Ubuntu.