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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

AMI's can't be run directly, but they can be converted to run on VirtualBox. A Google search:

How to move a Virtual Machine From EC2 to VirtualBox or KVM

or step-by-step with more detail:

Converting an EC2 AMI to a VirtualBox .vdi

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Probably, some excerpt from the linked articles would be useful here. –  bytebuster Nov 16 '12 at 4:28

You can also extract the AMI via creating an instance and install packer. http://www.packer.io/

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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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