"In essence, Amazon is acting as a Linux distributor with its
Linux AMI. Technically, it has been doing that for some time
– but with the removal of the beta tag, Amazon is also
providing support for its images as well. It's also providing tight
integration with its cloud services, and it's undercutting the
competition when it comes to price. There's no charge for running
Amazon's Linux AMI, aside from the normal charges for using EC2 and
other Amazon Web Services. Red Hat and SUSE, however, have
additional costs built in."
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