How private is Ubuntu Server

I know regular Ubuntu has some minor issues, but what about the server? It’s obviously going to be much better than a Windows server, but I just setup a new homelab and wanted to know if it would be alright.

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I haven’t heard of privacy problems in case of Ubuntu Server, but here are the points that I can think of:

  • when logging in with SSH, it often advertises services by Canonical in the MOTD.
  • it doesn’t have https mirrors when you want to always get the closest update servers forcing you to use mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt instead.
  • it doesn’t have Tor mirrors.

If these concern you, you may wish to take a look at Debian without installing a graphical user interface as I think there is even less difference in Ubuntu and Debian in server environment than in desktop.

https://debian.org/

There is also CentOS (and Fedora which would need updating more often) etc., but they would be a bit more different due to having a different package manager. Oh and Devuan and similar also exist, but they again would have different init systems while most of the material online is written with systemd in mind.

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Those issues don’t bother me very much, so I think it’ll be fine.

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I have my own homelab, so I don’t need to worry about trusting a VPS.

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