We’ve been working on an Ubuntu RightImage for a while now and it just took longer than expected to iron out all the little wrinkles. But now it’s available as
RightImage Ubuntu7.04V1_14_2 with AMI ID ami-f3cc299a and location
This is our first Ubuntu public image so we hope we covered all bases, but we’re eager to hear whether everything works as expected. As always the script to create the image is also available. To run the script, launch an Ubuntu image with working bundling code and run through the steps…
A little background on RightImages for those of you not familiar with what we’re doing: to configure servers we use a base image and install software at boot time using our server templates and RightScripts. This is way more modular and maintainable than baking entire servers into AMIs. Please see our blog post on the rationale behind this. As a result, we produce base images that are small yet have all the software utilities one just needs in EC2 already installed, from the Amazon EC2 tools to traceroute, curl, wget, etc. The second innovation we made with our images is that they are fully scripted and we publish the script. You can launch Amazon’s FC4 or FC6 image (well, for the Ubuntu RightImage you need to start with some Ubuntu instance), run our script, and out pops a clone of our RightImage. So if you want to see what we install or make some changes you can go right ahead.