When we first created EC2 AMIs we provided public launch access to the free JumpBoxes for a brief period. Later we changed how we handled AMIs but left these old AMIs public. At this point, we think the presence of these year+ old AMIs in the public listing is doing more harm than good. Leaving around one year old applications can leave unsuspecting users vulnerable. Therefor we will be removing the public launch permissions on these AMIs this coming Sunday, February 28th, 2010.
The goal of this change is not to withdraw the availability of these images from people who may be relying upon them. The change is intended to reduce confusion and avoid putting unsuspecting users into a bad position. On a case by case basis we will consider granting launch access to users who need them. Please contact JumpBox Support and provide your AWS ID and the AMI ID of the AMI you need access to. Only non-dev pay AMIs that are currently publicly available are eligible.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.