New Releases of Ubuntu and Debian Images for Amazon EC2 (Kernel, Security, PPA, runurl, Tools)

New updates have been released for the Ubuntu and Debian AMIs (EC2 images) published on:

https://alestic.com

The following notes apply to this release:

  • The images have been upgraded to use the newest 2.6.21 kernel, ramdisk, and kernel modules from Amazon. This fixes a serious security hole in the previous 2.6.21 kernel.

  • The Alestic PPA (personal package archive) has been added to the Ubuntu AMIs. This makes it easy to install software packages listed in this PPA, including ec2-consistent-snapshot.

  • The runurl package from the Alestic PPA has been pre-installed on the Ubuntu AMIs. This can be a handy tool for setting up new instances with user-data scripts.

  • The EC2 AMI tools have been upgraded to version 1.3-34544.

  • The ec2-ami-tools package version has been pinned so it does not get downgraded if the official Ubuntu archives still have older versions.

  • All packages have been upgraded to their respective latest versions.

  • The Ubuntu Karmic images were not updated and have been removed from the listings at the top of https://alestic.com. If you would like to use Ubuntu Karmic Beta, please test with the AMIs published by Canonical listed a bit lower down on the page.

Please give these new images a spin and let us know if you run into any problems.

Enjoy