It's much easier to customize an existing AMI image to your own taste than to start from scratch so let's do that. First we need to find an image that is close to what we want. Read EC2 quickstart on how to setup the EC2 API tools.
$ ec2-describe-images -a
IMAGE ami-f0f61599 alestic-64/debian-5.0-lenny-base-64-20091011.manifest.xml 063491364108 available public x86_64 machine aki-a3d737ca ari-7cb95a15 instance-store
I recently installed drupal 6.14 on Snow Leopard and got these timezone warnings.
warning: strtotime() [function.strtotime]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings.
You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function.
In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier.
We selected 'Asia/Tokyo' for 'JST/9.0/no DST' instead in /Users/<user>/Sites/drupal/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_argument_dates_various.inc on line 67.