Canonical Releases the New Minimal Ubuntu OS

Optimized for the public cloud and Docker Hub, Canonical today officially launched the new Minimal Ubuntu system. The company is committed to providing a minimal image size and has carefully selected software packages for motorised use on public clouds and Docker Hub, while always providing the highest levels of security, performance, stability and reliability.

If you want to use a minimally installed Ubuntu base image for automated cloud operations on the public cloud, it is recommended to use the latest Minimal Ubuntu system, which is 50% smaller than the standard Ubuntu Server image and 40% faster.

More importantly, the Minimal Ubuntu system is still compatible with standard Ubuntu packages, meaning users can install applications from the official Ubuntu repository and perform any standard Ubuntu operations.

Two versions of the latest Minimal Ubuntu system are now available for download, supporting Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine (GCE), on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud, and Canonical’s LXD pure-container hypervisor and KVM-based OpenStack solution.

This version based on long-term support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Minimal Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will be supported by April 2021, while Minimal Ubuntu 18.04 LTS base image will be supported until April 2023.