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I am experimenting with MidnightBSD on AWS. It's possible to take the memstick image of 0.8.5 and modify it to enable the network interface, sshd and a test user to ssh in and then create a AWS AMI. So far, I've gotten it to boot to a login prompt.

You would generate a modified memstick on a midnightbsd box and then do this from a PC or Mac with the ec2 cli tools installed. As they require java, you will probably need to do this from a non midnightbsd system.

ec2-import-volume ~/memstick -f RAW --region us-east-1 -z us-east-1a -s 10 -d "MidnightBSD 0.8.5" -O "${AWS_ACCESS_KEY}" -W "${AWS_SECRET_KEY}" -o "${AWS_ACCESS_KEY}" -w "${AWS_SECRET_KEY}" -b "mnbsd-vm"

find out if it's done converting
ec2-describe-conversion-tasks -O ${AWS_ACCESS_KEY} -W ${AWS_SECRET_KEY} --region us-east-1

create a snapshot (get volume id for last arg from previous command)

ec2-create-snapshot -O "${AWS_ACCESS_KEY}" -W "${AWS_SECRET_KEY}" --region us-east-1 -d "MidnightBSD 0.8.5" vol-0d149b0dfc22962b1

check on snap

ec2-describe-snapshots -O "${AWS_ACCESS_KEY}" -W "${AWS_SECRET_KEY}" --region us-east-1

register ami (snap argument shown from last command)

ec2-register -n "MidnightBSD 0.8.5" -O "${AWS_ACCESS_KEY}" -W "${AWS_SECRET_KEY}" --region us-east-1 -a x86_64 -d "MidnightBSD 0.8.5 AMD64 Test" --root-device-name /dev/sda1 --virtualization-type hvm -s snap-0a7bb785269bfb08e

MidnightBSD 0.8.5 RELEASE ISOs now available on our primary ftp server for 32bit and 64bit processors. (i386 and amd64) 

MidnightBSD 0.8 stable now has OpenSSH 7.3p1. 

MidnightBSD 0.8 stable and 0.9 current branches contain patches for OpenSSL and several BIND tools. While we don't include named in base anymore, we do have several tools that haven't been updated in a long time. It's recommended to update systems to get the latest versions of these tools (coinciding with BIND 9.9.9p4)

There is a security issue with OpenSSH that has not been patched yet. Users are encouraged to switch to OpenSSH from mports until patches can be applied to the base system. 

MidnightBSD 0.8.1 RELEASE in SVN. Fixes several OpenSSL security issues, package manager bugs, and coretemp. 

We had another set of bugs reported against the package manager, mport, this week. A fix has been committed for several related bugs around installing multiple packages at the same time. It's available on 0.8 stable only and is considered a workaround.

A proper patch is in development.

MidnightBSD 0.8 amd64 packages have been updated.

Note that xorg is included!

There are 2,884 packages available (more than i386 now) including part of qt5 and lumina desktop environment.

Also, if you have issues installing packages, make sure you have the latest libmport and mport tools from SVN (0.8 stable).

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I'm happy to announce the availability of #MidnightBSD  0.8 release! It is now available on our primary FTP server and uploading to our mirrors. You can download it from our website.

You may also read about the changes in the release notes.

The critical bugs in the package manager have been fixed. There is one outstanding issue that won't block the release.
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