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:// 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.

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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