Recently I signed up to check the ubuntu cloud computing demo
It was amazing that I could connect through PUTTY and access a Unix server distro, However I could only use the terminal services (bash shell) and I could not run any graphical interfaces or programs such as firefox or openoffice i.e Honestly I expected to run a whole Ubuntu OS using this service but all I got to see was access to the bash terminal and the ability to run some commands. They gave me only an hour for trying it out so I could not explore more option, but I guess there isnt much to it than the ability to use a bash terminal. Is there something I am missing here ?
My requirement is that I should be able to use the cloud as an other computer running a linux server. Essentially I want to run a webserver, build my websites, that uses a mysql database and host this website.
I have signed up for Amazon EC2 and tempted to use this service and I guess I should be able to do these using this cloud.
Can someone give me a breakdown, a step by step instruction of what I should be doing in order to run my own website using Amazon EC2 in layman's language.