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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has delivered a major release of its home-spun Linux distribution – albeit rather later than it first promised. Amazon Linux debuted in 2010 and was promoted as optimized for AWS’s infrastructure. Seven years later, the cloud colossus delivered Amazon Linux 2. A successor dubbed AL 2022 was announced …

  1. Richard 12 Silver badge

    Why so hard?

    This feels like they've given the job to a team of two, perhaps three people. You'd be mad to buy it, given the total lack of road map and obvious lack of support resources.

    Why not simply offer whatever it is that Amazon themselves use?

    It'd be cheaper all round, as then they could charge many times over for work they're already doing!

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge

      Re: Why so hard?

      I agree this seems like a low budget operation, they've also missed the obvious opportunity to gain long term users after stable Centos was deep sixed so maybe they still haven't quite decided where they want their distro to sit between the bleeding edge and 5 year LTS option out there.

      AWS publishing their internal Linux version isn't going to happen, odds on it'll be an interesting build full of special purpose code they don't want being seen by any competition (let alone used).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Why so hard?

        Well said.

        With AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux emerging from the ashes of CentOS (deep sixing it was a mistake RedHat...) out there, this effort seems rather pointless not that I'd ever recommend an Amazon product unless it was to my enemies.

        1. spuck

          Re: Why so hard?

          In my mind the reason and place to use Amazon Linux is on AWS. It's super quick to deploy an EC2 or EKS worker without having to either roll your own image or trust the integrity of a marketplace offering from a 3rd party.

          Out of the box, those EC2s launched from Amazon Linux also have things properly configured for patch updates, SSH integration, etc. A good solid foundation to get to work on actually solving a problem rather than futzing about getting the scaffolding put up before the real work can start.

          If you're using AWS Lambda or AppRunner, those are running on Amazon Linux instances under the covers, so it's worth having some experience and understanding the platform there.

          But for any use case outside of AWS itself, I agree; there are so many other options which are better suited.

    2. DRendar

      Re: Why so hard?

      > Why not simply offer whatever it is that Amazon themselves use?

      I work for Amazon. Amazon Linux *is* what we use internally for headless stuff.

      We have a tenet at Amazon - we eat our own dog food - meaning that we use the products that we build for our customers.

      We rarely have seperate products for internal vs external.

    3. JohnSheeran

      Re: Why so hard?

      I think you're looking for "two pizza teams" here. At least that's the idea they sold my company.

  2. IGotOut Silver badge


    Company releases product when ready not to an arbitrary and ultimately pointless date.

    Just wish nearly every other one would do the same.

    Put this in context Affinity had 8 years between V1 and V2 of their graphic suite.

  3. Doogie Howser MD

    Amazon seem as rapid keeping their Linux distros up to date as they do keeping Lambda runtimes updated with newer versions (see recent Corey Quinn threads for further details). Makes you wonder if there is too much bureaucracy in the place to enable it to run properly.

    1. Wempy

      that is the problem, the lambda container OS is AL2 so you aren't going to get the latest and greatest runtime versions until that gets updatified.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Too Much Choice Can Be A Very Bad Thing.....


    .......umpty ump distributions.....

    .......with umpty ump desktops.......

    .......and huge arguments in the community about desktops, about systemd, about wayland, about flavours of GTK......

    Why can't we get to a choice list maybe five long?

    My choice list is ONE LONG: Fedora37, XFCE, X, GTK3..................................................

    1. Toe Knee

      Re: Too Much Choice Can Be A Very Bad Thing.....

      “My CHOICE list is …” (emphasis on choice is mine)

      I think that says it all. Choice. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

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