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Date:      Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:18:28 +0000
From:      Arthur Chance <>
Cc:        Jim Flowers <>,
Subject:   Re: VPS FreeBSD Hosting
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On 11/25/12 22:07, Michael Sierchio wrote:
> Top-posting for brevity.  I use EC2.  You can start with Colin
> Percival's HVM instances - I run a Xen kernel using a modified version
> of his original scheme - which is to have a 1GB Linux partition
> running grub to boot from a FreeBSD disk.  I'm happy to share an AMI
> with you, but you should try Colin's stuff.
> On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Jim Flowers <> wrote:
>> I gave up maintaining my own hardware for providing cloud computing
>> services about 10 years ago and have been using several dedicated server
>> services with root-access FreeBSD since about 6.0. with good results. At
>> the time VPS looked like too many problems.

FreeBSD is now officially supported by Amazon (but still supplied by 
Colin) as well as Colin's "defenestrated" FreeBSD AMIs.

However, these are only on the new 3rd generation of EC2 instances, 
which are heavy duty systems. For many uses micro instances are enough, 
but you still have to pay the "Windows tax" on those. I don't know 
whether Colin is working to change that, or if there are technical 
reasons why it's impossible.

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