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I don't seem to see any public AMI images created for CentOS 6.1. Is there a reason for that? Is it recommended I spin my own up?

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It might have something to do with the fact that CentOS 6.1 was only released a week ago. You might actually have to wait a little longer to have someone else do the due diligence and assemble a stable AMI or you could roll your own.

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Or they can get a Centos 6.0 AMI and do an upgrade to 6.1 with Yum. –  Rilindo Dec 16 '11 at 20:46
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Get a Centos 6.0 AMI - update it and then make an AMI out of it

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There aren't official CentOS AMI's for 5 or 6.

The Easier option is to use an Image like RightImage ( from RightScale ) which has CentOS 6.x images, customizing it and making an AMI out of it.

I would recommend you checking out Amazon Linux, which is binary compatible with RHEL/CentOS. All the repositories, like EPEL, RPMForge, etc, work and it is even supported by Amazon.

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