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Article from Issue 214/2018

Honey, I shrunk Ubuntu, Linux Mint 19 released, Red Hat adds GPLv3 cure clause to Its codebase, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 released, GitLab drops pricing after Microsoft GitHub acquisition, and KDE Plasma 5.13 is here.

Honey I Shrunk Ubuntu

Canonical is tightening its focus on cloud and enterprise markets. The company has released a new version of Ubuntu, dubbed Minimal Ubuntu, which it claims is optimized for automated use at scale, with a tiny package set and minimal security cross-section.

Canonical claims that Minimal Ubuntu is the smallest Ubuntu base image for cloud operations. These images are less than 50% the size of the standard Ubuntu server image and boot up to 40% faster.

Despite its reduced size, Minimal Ubuntu retains full compatibility with standard Ubuntu. Any Ubuntu package can be installed on Minimal Ubuntu.

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