Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 22:28 UTC, submitted by Marquis
FreeBSD FreeBSD developer Colin Percival announced on his blog today that FreeBSD 9-CURRENT now runs on Amazon EC2. A number of FreeBSD developers have contributed to this project. "There are some caveats to this. First, at the moment only FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT can run under EC2; I haven't merged bug fixes back to the stable branches. Second, at the moment FreeBSD only runs on t1.micro instances, for reasons I can't discuss (NDA) but hope will be resolved soon. Third, this code hasn't received very much testing and is almost certain to have more serious bugs, so it should be approached as an experimental, not-ready-for-production-use system for now. "
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cool but ..
by project_2501 on Tue 14th Dec 2010 00:03 UTC
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this is all cool .. as long as you don't intend to upset any governments ...

is that NDA something to do with a killswitch?

Edited 2010-12-14 00:04 UTC

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Just curious
by darknexus on Tue 14th Dec 2010 02:09 UTC
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But having an NDA would necessitate having some parts of this be closed source wouldn't it?

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RE: Just curious
by vermaden on Tue 14th Dec 2010 06:05 UTC in reply to "Just curious"
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Dunno all NDA cases all over the world, but RadeonHD developers also needed to sign NDA's with AMD and RadeonHD does not contain any binary blobs, it just says that he is not allowed to share all knowledge he gains there, logic and so, its not about the code.

Edited 2010-12-14 06:06 UTC

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RE: Just curious
by segedunum on Tue 14th Dec 2010 16:38 UTC in reply to "Just curious"
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Not really. It could be to do with the peculiarities of running another type of machine with differences, such as storage, that they don't want to reveal.

As far as I know the only difference between micro and other instances is that more expensive instances have a certain amount of 'ephemeral' local storage for things like swap space.

Edited 2010-12-14 16:38 UTC

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Too late
by reez on Tue 14th Dec 2010 17:08 UTC
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I have been waiting for it for quite a long time, but the WikiLeaks incident made me cancel my account.

Damn, Amazon. Why couldn't you keep WikiLeaks online?
I would already be setting up my stuff on EC2.

Edited 2010-12-14 17:09 UTC

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