If you’re looking to have a convenient way of setting up a Linux server on the cloud, nothing beats Turnkey Linux. With e recent update, the latest version of Turnkey Linux (Turnkey 12.1)
Built on 64-bit Debian Squeeze 6.0.7 Linux, TurnKey Linux has great flexibility. The focus is not turning to all 64-bit systems in order to create uniformity. However, at least for the time being, if you need to use 32-bit apps, you can still do so, and they are available at TurnKey’s SourceForge site. Everything new being developed will be built for the 64-bit system.
TurnKey 13 May be the Last TurnKey release in both, 32-bit and 64-bit
According to TurnKey’s co-founder, Liraz Sir, the company will be “deprecating 32-bit support in TurnKey 13”. It will be phased out entirely by the time TurnKey 14 is introduced. All appliances are currently being built for both, the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions for TurnKey 13. However, the company is urging users to move towards the 64-bit. Liraz Sir said that it’s most likely TurnKey 13 will be the last major TurnKey release that users will see in both formats, 32-bit and 64-bit.
Each appliance can function on almost any server and cloud platforms. However, they’re built to operate on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Previously, TurnKey apps never functioned on all AWS instances, but now it is capable of working on any size instance.
Amazon Web Services AWS is the deployment platform by default, and TurnKey Linux applications are deployed in a matter of minutes. This can be done on virtual machines (VM), bare metal, machines or in IaaS clouds.
If you feel you require widely-used Linux server appliances that have more than a hundred apps ready to launch, TurnKey is perhaps the best choice as it has a wide range to offer you. The range spans standards such as a basic Linux, PHP/Python/Perl (LAMP) stack, Apache and MySQL. It also encompasses:
- a WordPress blogging platform.
- a Drupal content management system (CMS).
- Ushahidi crisis crowd-sourcing server.
- Zurmo, a gamified CRM application.
- Sahana Eden.
Turnkey’s New Pricing Model
Turnkey’s new users may sign up for a trial version of any TurnKey app as an Amazon Web Services Micro instance. The new cloud accounts on Amazon are automatically qualified for Amazon’s free usage panel. This allows up to 750 hrs of Micro server usage assigned for each, comprising one year’s usage.
There is a hobby account that has been given a new name (Pay-per-use). This comes with a $10 monthly fee. There are other pricing packages such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. These are all charged a flat rate. If you avail these on Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s fees will be applicable. However, the costs will vary according to how much you utilize your servers.
TurnKey Linux server appliances are highly impressive. The company lends complete open support, and it’s highly convenient to have Linux-based services operating on the cloud.