[ubuntu-server] Trying Ubuntu Server in Amazon EC2

Eric Hammond esh at ubuntu.com
Tue Oct 12 00:42:14 UTC 2010

On 10/11/2010 11:28 AM, John M. Pugh wrote:
> Anyone try out http://10.cloud.ubuntu.com yet?

I was already registered with launchpad.net and had previously uploaded 
my ssh keys, so the experience was smooth and fast.  I'm not sure how 
the experience is for the target market in the larger population.

It was a little odd that Canonical started the instance with a keypair, 
so the instance allowed ssh from an ssh key that was not mine.  Not that 
big of a deal for a 55min test, but still a little uncomfortable for 
folks who care about security and may not be aware that this is not the 
norm for EC2 instances.

It should not be necessary to allow Canonical ssh access to the test 
hosts, and users can disable this anyway, so probably best to start the 
instances without an EC2 keypair.

I noticed that the 55 min limit is triggered by a script run on the 
instance itself.  I wondered if it would be possible to simply kill this 
process to keep the instance running or if Canonical has a separate, 
external process terminating instances that have been running an hour.

Eric Hammond

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