The Linux Kernel and modules with Xen guest support suitable for Amazon EC2.
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Arch Linux EC2 Kernel Package

linux-ec2 AUR package builds the standard Arch Linux kernel with Xen Xsave patch and EC2 suitable minimal kernel configuration. Sources are derived from standard distribution kernel (the linux package), so from the standard Linux kernel.


Binary packages repository for the EC2 x86_64 kernel is available at:

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It includes also binary packages of other EC2 related tools from AUR. For use the kernel at i386, please, build your own. At this time, I haven't available reasonable build machine for regular i386 building.


This kernel might not run on some older availability zones of some regions (specially for example on us-east-1a) at microinstances. This issue is known to Amazon, but reasons aren't clear and difficulties vary a lot. Simply use some newer availability zone in case of necessity or download an older image from:

...unpack it, upload it to S3 and register it as your own private AMI. Be warn, they are small for download but 8 GB big unpacked.

The i386 version builds fully functional but full kernel. If someone is able to provide me the minimal EC2 configuration for i386 platform, let's do it. The x64 version builds kernel with at EC2 usable modules only, but maintains some modules which probably can be removed from the build too.


  1. Fork it.
  2. Create a branch (git checkout -b 20101220-my-change).
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am "Added something").
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin 20101220-my-change).
  5. Create an Issue with a link to your branch.
  6. Enjoy a refreshing Diet Coke and wait.


Everything is Public Domain. Author is Martin Kozák.