AWS has announced the release of Amazon Linux 2, a great update that provides safety and stability while adding new features. Here are its salient features:
- Linux Extras Library – provide you access to tools you need without impacting your OS stability. The OS library contains open source databases, languages, etc. without any dependencies required.
- Tuned Kernel – access to 4.9 LTS Kernel, optimized for virtual environments like AWS and supporting EC2 features.
- Systemd init system – gives superior boot speed and control over individual services and groups of interdependent services. You can designate, for example, the order in which services intiate, or triggers for when they will activate.
- Availability – Amazon Linux 2 is available as AMI or Docker image in all AWS Regions. You may also obtain virtual machine images for Hyper-V, KVM, VirtualBox, and VMWare.
- AWS Support – includes security updates, bug fixes, user-space Application Binary Interface (ABI), and User-space Application Programming Interface (API) compatibility for 5 years. Amazon Linux 2 is recommended for situations when you want to stay with one major version Linux for a long time. The current build of 2017.12 is a candidate for LTS status, depending on feedback from the Linux user forums.
Amazon Linux 2 is currently available across all AWS Regions for cloud or on-premise data centers. If you need help getting started with Linux on the AWS cloud, contact our AWS consultants at PolarSeven today.