Amazon Web Services has introduced a way for its customers to use Linux applications within its cloud platform.

The company has introduced a Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to its range of existing AMI options – AMI being the virtual appliance that Amazon uses as a means for accessing its web services. The AMI, which can be booted from the company's AWS management console comes in 32-bit and 64-bit options. The AMI comes with command-line tools and libraries pre-installed

According to an Amazon blog, the AWS command-line tools and libraries are pre-installed and ready to use. The company also uses CloudInit from Canonical to simplify the process of customising each instance after it boots up, ie setting a default locale, setting up the hostname or SSH private keys. The company said that users could add up more packages from a repository in Amazon S3 as and when they're needed.