FreeBSD at Amazon EC2 status

Alexandre Biancalana biancalana at
Wed Jan 4 20:22:07 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 5:12 PM, Colin Percival <cperciva at> wrote:
> On 01/03/12 09:40, Sean Bruno wrote:
>> On Tue, 2012-01-03 at 09:07 -0800, Alexandre Biancalana wrote:
>>>  What´s is the current state of FreeBSD running on Amazon EC2 ? Is
>>> this stable ? Looking at Colin's status page
>>> ( looks like there´s no
>>> active development on that.
> I'll be publishing AMIs for 9.0-RELEASE for the 64-bit "defenestrated"
> instances and cluster compute instances.

Thank you for the responses guys.

> Beyond that, I'm mostly waiting for improvements from Amazon.
>>>  Does someone running production workload with FreeBSD on EC2 ?
> Yes.

I´d asked the wrong question... are the FreeBSD instances stable
enough to run Network/FileSystem very intensive workload ?

>>>  I'm interested in running network (dns and http with accept filter)
>>> and memory/buffer cache intensive applications on m1.small, m1.large
>>> and m2.xlarge instances.
>>>  Any thoughts ?
> You can't run FreeBSD on m1.small, but it works just fine on m1.large and
> m2.xlarge as long as you don't mind paying the "Windows tax".

By "paying the Windows tax" you mean that it run in HVM instead of PV Xen mode ?

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