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I'm installing Ubuntu from an Ubuntu Minimal image, and I've gotten to the software selection part. What I'm wondering is, which packages are included in the "Basic Ubuntu Server" option?

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I'm assuming it's a bundle of packages, but which exactly are included in it?

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In the spirit of teaching a man to fish...

You can find a list of tasks and their proper names with the command:

tasksel --list-tasks

This will tell you that the "Basic Ubuntu Server" task is named "server". With this name, you can generate a list of the related packages:

tasksel --task-packages server

For example, on Ubuntu "Quantal" 12.10:

steven@lat:~$ tasksel --task-packages server | sort
acpid
apport
apport-symptoms
bc
byobu
consolekit
curl
ethtool
fonts-ubuntu-font-family-console
landscape-common
libck-connector0
libcurl3
libevent-2.0-5
libgc1c2
libgpm2
libiw30
libnl-3-200
libnl-genl-3-200
libpam-ck-connector
libpcsclite1
libpolkit-agent-1-0
libpolkit-backend-1-0
libpython2.7
libwhoopsie0
patch
policykit-1
python
python2.7
python2.7-minimal
python3-apport
python3-problem-report
python-apt
python-chardet
python-debian
python-gdbm
python-gnupginterface
python-minimal
python-newt
python-openssl
python-pam
python-pkg-resources
python-serial
python-six
python-twisted-bin
python-twisted-core
python-zope.interface
screen
tmux
update-notifier-common
vim
vim-runtime
w3m
whoopsie
wireless-tools
wpasupplicant
xz-utils
steven@lat:~$ 
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    Thank you! On Ubuntu 16, the tasksel --task-packages server doesn't return the list. – Maxim Masiutin May 1 '18 at 8:13
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    Great reference, but to be fair, I don't think you can actually run those command during the install process, and if you don't have any other machines to simultaneously run Ubuntu on it's hard to tell without prior familarity whether or not you want to install something at the time it asks. – Michael Jul 3 '18 at 21:52
  • For some reason tasksel --task-packages server doesn't work on 18.04. apt-cache show server^ | grep "^Package" seems to work instead. – Max Jan 28 '19 at 10:16
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    @Michael press Ctrl-Alt-F{2,3,4,5,6} to access other terminals in parallel to the one with the installer – badp Sep 22 '19 at 21:21
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Tha Basic Ubuntu Server package bundle includes:

python-zope.interface
python-lazr.restfulclient
python-serial
ubuntu-serverguide
python-pam
vim-runtime
python-wadllib
python-pycurl
libpcsclite1
python-simplejson
vim
libnl1
python-pkg-resources
python-pexpect
wpasupplicant
python-twisted-bin
python-launchpadlib
libpython2.6
python-twisted-core
python-problem-report
patch
python-oauth
python-lazr.uri
python-apport
libjs-jquery
python-openssl
apport
bc
python-httplib2
wireless-tools
apport-symptoms
libiw30
screen
python-newt
landscape-common
byobu
python-smartpm

Source

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  • The basic 11.10/12.04 server package hasn't included byobu for me, IIRC – ish Jun 19 '12 at 22:17
  • byobu was included for me with the basic ubuntu server package. – ohaal Jun 20 '12 at 10:47
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On Ubuntu 18.04, this command:

apt-cache show server^ | grep '^Package:' | sed 's/Package: //' | sort -u

outputs the packages, sorted alphabetically and without any duplicates:

acl
acpid
apport
apport-symptoms
at
bc
bcache-tools
btrfs-progs
btrfs-tools
byobu
cloud-guest-utils
cloud-initramfs-copymods
cloud-initramfs-dyn-netconf
cryptsetup
cryptsetup-bin
curl
dirmngr
dmeventd
dnsmasq-base
dns-root-data
ebtables
ethtool
fonts-ubuntu-console
gawk
git
git-man
gnupg
gnupg-l10n
gnupg-utils
gpg
gpg-agent
gpgconf
gpgsm
gpg-wks-client
gpg-wks-server
grub-legacy-ec2
htop
landscape-common
libasn1-8-heimdal
libassuan0
libcurl3-gnutls
libcurl4
libdevmapper-event1.02.1
libdumbnet1
liberror-perl
libevent-2.1-6
libgdbm-compat4
libgpm2
libgssapi3-heimdal
libhcrypto4-heimdal
libheimbase1-heimdal
libheimntlm0-heimdal
libhx509-5-heimdal
libisns0
libkrb5-26-heimdal
libksba8
libldap-2.4-2
libldap-common
liblvm2app2.2
liblvm2cmd2.02
liblxc1
liblxc-common
liblzo2-2
libmpfr6
libmspack0
libnghttp2-14
libnpth0
libperl5.26
libpolkit-agent-1-0
libpolkit-backend-1-0
libpython3.6
libreadline5
libroken18-heimdal
librtmp1
libsasl2-2
libsasl2-modules
libsasl2-modules-db
libsigsegv2
libutempter0
libwind0-heimdal
libxmlsec1
libxmlsec1-openssl
libxslt1.1
lvm2
lxcfs
lxd
lxd-client
mdadm
net-tools
open-iscsi
open-vm-tools
overlayroot
pastebinit
patch
perl
perl-modules-5.26
pinentry-curses
policykit-1
pollinate
python3-apport
python3-asn1crypto
python3-attr
python3-automat
python3-certifi
python3-cffi-backend
python3-chardet
python3-click
python3-colorama
python3-configobj
python3-constantly
python3-cryptography
python3-debconf
python3-debian
python3-httplib2
python3-hyperlink
python3-idna
python3-incremental
python3-newt
python3-openssl
python3-pam
python3-pkg-resources
python3-problem-report
python3-pyasn1
python3-pyasn1-modules
python3-requests
python3-requests-unixsocket
python3-serial
python3-service-identity
python3-six
python3-software-properties
python3-systemd
python3-twisted
python3-twisted-bin
python3-urllib3
python3-zope.interface
run-one
screen
snapd
software-properties-common
sosreport
squashfs-tools
tmux
ubuntu-server
uidmap
unattended-upgrades
update-notifier-common
vim
vim-runtime
xdelta3
xfsprogs
zerofree
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If you are looking this up, you probably want a minimal install. To achieve this on Ubuntu 18.04 and beyond, you should select only OpenSSH Server, which contains 12 packages, as opposed to 151 packages in Basic Ubuntu Server.

And to add further clarity, the netinstall, mini.iso, Ubuntu Server ISO will all achieve exactly the same result.

Finally, with regard to kernels, 18.04 originally came out with kernel 4.15.0.1, now up to 4.15.0.62, signed as of September 2019. They also have a low latency version. Kernel 4.19 is a perfect kernel if you are on an Intel system with an NVIDIA GPU. It provides faster random disk access, but slower Intel CPU. This leaves kernel 5.2 out, since it is only good for Virtualization and AMD hardware.

Ubuntu 18.04.3 comes with kernel 5, which is mostly a big waste of time, except for AMD. Kernel 5.4 will be the first in the 5 series with a long term support. Because I will use QEMU, I will use 5.2 until 5.4. Otherwise, stick with 4.15 if using Intel and upgrade to 4.19.100 (whenever it gets there) or if on AMD use Kernel 5 included with Ubuntu 18.04.3 until 5.4.

Linux kernels. Complicated, yet simple stuff.

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    Thanks for contributing to AskUbuntu! Your answer, however, does not answer the OP's question about what software is contained in the Basic Ubuntu Server package. – user3140225 Sep 12 '19 at 9:30

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