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I'm trying to learn AWS and because I'm some familiar with Linux, I think the best way to learn is to get Amazon Linux AMI right into VirtualBox software and play with it.

I see the latest Amazon Linux AMI by date is 2012.09 and as my question suggest if is there a page where Amazon maintains a hierarchy of all images released to date?

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You can't use AMIs in Virtualbox -- there's no way to export an AMI such that this would be possible.

You can find a list of all AMIs here. Note that most of them haven't been released by Amazon, but by a third party.

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So what close to AMI I can use with VirtualBox and then put my stuff there on AWS? Debian or Fedora? – Neutralizer Nov 11 '12 at 14:37
You can create AMIs only on the Amazon cloud. – Lars Kotthoff Nov 11 '12 at 15:11
I mean among Fedora and Debian which is closest to AMI? – Neutralizer Nov 11 '12 at 15:47
Depends on the AMI. An AMI is simply a disk image with some metadata, it can be any distribution or Windows or something rlse. – Lars Kotthoff Nov 11 '12 at 15:50
Amazon Linux is similar to (but not the same as) RHEL and CentOS. – Sean Jul 23 '13 at 23:48

You can also extract the AMI via creating an instance and install packer.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to give more context here in the answer, and provide the link only for reference. – slhck Aug 22 '13 at 6:42

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