what is Amazon Linux AMI

On a linux server machine i got the following output of a command :
cat /etc/*-release
NAME="Amazon Linux AMI"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux AMI 2015.03"
Amazon Linux AMI release 2015.03

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Please help me understand the output... I was expecting something like fedora or redhat..
Rohit BajajAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Amazon Machine Image
It's a Linux distro specially created by Amazon for their servers. Good if you don't intend to ever change cloud provider.

It's RedHat based so rpm packages should work.

Shiju JacobInfo SecurityCommented:

The Amazon Linux AMI is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2.

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Rohit BajajAuthor Commented:
How do i find out which redhat version its built upon ?
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Shiju JacobInfo SecurityCommented:
uname -a
cat /etc/redhat-release
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
@Shiju: There is no /etc/redhat-release on an AMI instance.

@Robinsuri: The current AMI is based on Redhat 6, but that's not relevant. Amazon has it's own repository and you can also use Epel, but not the official Redhat repository.

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Shiju JacobInfo SecurityCommented:
is it on the amazon cloud ?
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