Amazon Web Services (AWS) last month announced the release of its next Linux server OS, Amazon Linux 2 that is designed to provide a high performance, stable, and secure execution environment for cloud and enterprise applications.
Enterprise customers can run Linux 2 in Amazon’s cloud or install it on-premise servers.
According to AWS, Amazon Linux 2 will offer extended availability of software updates for the core operating system through 5 years of long-term support and provides access to the latest software packages through the Amazon Linux Extras repository.
Amazon Linux 2 is available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (AmazonEC2), and as a Docker container image for use in any Docker based environment, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS).
It is also available as virtual machine images for VMware, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization solutions for on-premises development and testing.
In addition to other features,users will also have access to the latest systemd initialization system, which enables faster boot times and performance, and control over the services that are running on the system.