I want to set up Ubuntu LXC containers. Is there a practical difference between the /usr/share/lxc/templates/lxc-ubuntu and /usr/share/lxc/templates/lxc-ubuntu-cloud?

I only have a single physical server running 12.04.

  • Shouldn't have much difference. The cloud one should have even smaller footprint (less packages and services) I guess.
    – Terry Wang
    Feb 11, 2013 at 23:40
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  • askubuntu.com/questions/293275/…
    – Qasim
    Jun 13, 2013 at 10:43

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Ubuntu template - uses debootstrap to create the new container and hence downloads and installs .deb packages to create the initial chroot.

Ubuntu-Cloud template - downloads preinstalled cloud image and unpacks it.

Ubuntu template is closer to a standard ubuntu-server installation. The cloud images have smaller footprint than ubuntu-server installtion and has hooks to launch it with cloud-init and juju.

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