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Amazon Linux 2 3 years ago
(19 Dec 2017)
Ends in 2 years
(30 Jun 2023)
2.0.20210326.0
Amazon Linux AMI 10 years ago
(14 Sep 2010)
Ended 3 months and 1 week ago
(31 Dec 2020)
NA

Amazon Linux is a Linux server operating system from Amazon Web Services (AWS) available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is also available as a Docker container image and as a virtual machine image for use on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), Oracle VM VirtualBox, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware ESXi.

The original Amazon Linux AMI is now in a maintenance support phase with a limited set of packages still being supported. The Amazon Linux AMI FAQ has a few more details.

Amazon Linux 2 will provide security updates and bug fixes for all packages in core until June 30, 2023. User-space Application Binary Interface (ABI) compatibility is guaranteed for specific packages.

Security notifications for both versions are announced on the Amazon Linux Security Center. You can subscribe to their RSS feed.

More information is available on the Amazon Linux website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:

cat /etc/system-release


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