what is Amazon Linux AMI

HI,
On a linux server machine i got the following output of a command :
cat /etc/*-release
NAME="Amazon Linux AMI"
VERSION="2015.03"
ID="amzn"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
VERSION_ID="2015.03"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux AMI 2015.03"
ANSI_COLOR="0;33"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:amazon:linux:2015.03:ga"
HOME_URL="http://aws.amazon.com/amazon-linux-ami/"
Amazon Linux AMI release 2015.03

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Please help me understand the output... I was expecting something like fedora or redhat..
Thanks
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.

HTH,
Dan
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Shiju JacobInfo SecurityCommented:
Hi

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.

it is payable which the traffic limit is crossed

Thanks
Shiju Jacob
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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:
try
uname -a
cat /etc/redhat-release
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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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