Canonical to Represent Minimal Ubuntu

New version of Ubuntu is created for servers, isolated containers based on Docker and cloud systems
12 July 2018   917

Ubuntu team presented a simplified version of the base image - Minimal Ubuntu. It is designed for servers, isolated containers based on Docker and cloud systems. The release features high performance, minimal load time and automation of applications in the cloud.

The small footprint of Minimal Ubuntu, when deployed with fast VM provisioning from GCE, helps deliver drastically improved boot times, making them a great choice for developers looking to build their applications on Google Cloud Platform.

Paul Nash

Group Product Manager, Google Cloud

The authors of the project emphasize the size of the distribution kit, which "weighs" 157 MB, and also supports the main cloud systems like Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine (GCE), LXD and KVM / OpenStack, each of which has its own optimized version of the package. In addition, the OS-based image for operating with containers based on the Docker platform, compatible with the Kubernetes.

Minimal Ubuntu is designed for automated execution, so it includes only a minimal set of tools. The distribution can be upgraded to a set of Ubuntu Server packages using the special utility "unminimize", which returns components that are convenient for interactive management.

According to Canonical representatives, the deletion of the manual control functions resulted in the acceleration of the load time by 40% and the reduction of the occupied disk space by 50%. At the same time, this release remained completely compatible with all the packages from standard Ubuntu repositories. Required packages can be installed using the standard package manager apt or using snapd, which are included in the distribution by default.

Two assemblies are available for download, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS. You can download them on the official website.

Meson 0.50 to be Available

The key development goal of Meson is to ensure a high speed of the assembly process, combined with convenience and ease of use
11 March 2019   168

The release of the Meson 0.50 build system is introduced, which is used to build projects such as X.Org Server, Mesa, Lighttpd, systemd, GStreamer, Wayland, GNOME and GTK +. Meson code is written in Python and comes under the Apache 2.0 license.

The key development goal of Meson is to ensure a high speed of the assembly process, combined with convenience and ease of use. Instead of the make utility, the Ninja toolkit is used in the default build, but other backends can also be used, such as xcode and VisualStudio. A multi-platform dependency handler is built into the system, allowing you to use Meson to build packages for distributions. The build rules are set in a simplified domain-specific language, are well readable and understandable to the user (according to the authors' idea, the developer should spend the least amount of time writing the rules).

Cross-compilation and build on Linux, macOS and Windows using GCC, Clang, Visual Studio and other compilers are supported. Building projects in various programming languages is possible, including C, C ++, Fortran, Java and Rust. An incremental build mode is supported, in which only components directly related to changes made since the last build are reassembled. Meson can be used to form repeatable assemblies, in which the launch of an assembly in different environments leads to the generation of completely identical executable files.