Every cloud has a Linux lining
The last few days I’ve spent playing with [http://open.eucalyptus.com Eucalyptus] – the open source [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_EC2 EC2] equivalent.
Several times I’ve been tearing my hair out – particularly with some image issues (why oh why can’t it use an external database rather than the noddy internal one – that way when it’s confused I can fix it up more easily).
Anyhow I’ve reached the point where I can startup an Ubuntu Karmic image and login (yes, it’s taken a while!), now onto the more interesting things such as actually _using_ it. There are still some challenges left – namely looking at [https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/eucalyptus/+bug/457283 this problem] and how it may have changed in recent versions of Eucalyptus and Ubuntu Lucid.
As usual, I’ve made copious, detailed notes which will will hopefully help others out, particularly with respect to troubleshooting Eucalyptus. So here is my [http://smop.co.uk/mediawiki/index.php/Eucalyptus Eucalyptus HOWTO].