What idea ? The idea to allow anyone to try out Ubuntu 10.10 on EC2 for free for 55 minutes. No hardware is needed. While you're waiting for your desktop or server ISO to download, you can give a test drive to the server. You'll have 170Gb disk, 2G memory, and a very high speed internet connection with local LAN access to Ubuntu mirrors.
You do not need an AWS account or a credit card.
Here is how it works:
- Sometime on Sunday, October 10, 2010 Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) will be released.
- At that point, and a limited time following, you'll be able to go to 10.cloud.ubuntu.com and launch an instance.
- wait 3 minutes or less
- ssh to the instance
- do something
- 55 minutes after launch, your instance will be terminated
In order to take part in this, you'll need to have a launchpad.net or Ubuntu Single Singon account. If you don't have one, then create one. If you're reading this, you probably have ssh keys in a file called ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub, so go to https://launchpad.net/~YOUR_LOGIN/+editsshkeys and paste those keys in.
Now, back to the 'do something' item above. What should you do?
Heres some suggestions, but I'm certain that you're more creative than I am.
- Check if a bug you opened (or were annoyed by) in 10.04 LTS is still present. If it was fixed, then make sure the bug in launchpad is marked 'Fix Released'.
- Take Postgres 9.0for a spin, thanks to Martin Pitt's PPA builds
- run 'rm -Rf /' just to see what happens.
- Find something that is broken. Open a bug, using 'ubuntu-bug'.
- Hack on awstrial
Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy taking the "Official Ubuntu Image" for a spin. Do something cool, blog about it, tell people how easy it was.