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Amazon Linux 1 goes EOL 30 June 2020

On the 30th June 2020, Amazon Linux 1 goes End of Life (EOL). We recommend you upgrade to Amazon Linux 2.

Technology and security evolves. New bugs are fixed and new threats prevented, so in order to maintain a secure infrastructure it is important to keep all software and systems up to date. Once an operating system reaches end of life, it no longer receives updates, so will end up left with known security holes. Old operating systems don’t support the latest technologies, which new releases of software depend on, this can lead to compatibility issues.

Leaving old Amazon Linux 1 systems past June 2020 leaves you at risk to:

  • Security vulnerabilities of the system in question
  • Making your network more vulnerable as a whole
  • Software incompatibility
  • Compliance issues (PCI)
  • Poor performance and reliability

Changes in AWS Linux 2:

  • Apache / HTTPD 2.2.34 -> 2.4.41
  • PHP 5.3 -> PHP 5.4
  • MySQL 5.5 -> MariaDB 5.5
  • SystemVinit -> systemd

As well as new features like:

  • Long term software OS and support until 2023
  • Access to the latest software like PHP 7.2 via the amazon-linux-extras tool.

Not sure where to start? Contact us to help with your migration.

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