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Creating the AMI from VMware was easier than I thought - but just in case anyone else is looking to do it then I thought it worthy of a blog post. There are two options for migration - one is to create the image from within the running VMware machine, the other is to convert the VMDK file into a RAW image.
The Enthought Python Distribution (EPD) is a "kitchen-sink-included" distribution of the Python™ Programming Language, including over 60 additional tools and libraries. The EPD bundle includes NumPy, SciPy, IPython, 2D and 3D visualization, database adapters, and a lot of other tools right out of the box.