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Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system based on free software.
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Quick reference

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system, with Unity as its default desktop environment. It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, "human-ness"), which often is translated as "humanity towards others" or "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".

Development of Ubuntu is led by UK-based Canonical Ltd., a company owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical generates revenue through the sale of technical support and other services related to Ubuntu. The Ubuntu project is publicly committed to the principles of open-source software development; people are encouraged to use free software, study how it works, improve upon it, and distribute it.

What's in this image?

This image is built from official rootfs tarballs provided by Canonical (specifically,

The ubuntu:latest tag points to the "latest LTS", since that's the version recommended for general use. The ubuntu:rolling tag points to the latest release (regardless of LTS status).

Along a similar vein, the ubuntu:devel tag is an alias for whichever release the "devel" suite on the mirrors currently points to, as determined by the following one-liner: wget -qO- | awk -F ': ' '$1 == "Codename" { print $2; exit }'


Given that it is a minimal install of Ubuntu, this image only includes the C, C.UTF-8, and POSIX locales by default. For most uses requiring a UTF-8 locale, C.UTF-8 is likely sufficient (-e LANG=C.UTF-8 or ENV LANG C.UTF-8).

For uses where that is not sufficient, other locales can be installed/generated via the locales package. PostgreSQL has a good example of doing so, copied below:

RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y locales && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* \
    && localedef -i en_US -c -f UTF-8 -A /usr/share/locale/locale.alias en_US.UTF-8
ENV LANG en_US.utf8



$ docker run ubuntu:16.04 grep -v '^#' /etc/apt/sources.list

deb xenial main restricted
deb-src xenial main restricted

deb xenial-updates main restricted
deb-src xenial-updates main restricted

deb xenial universe
deb-src xenial universe
deb xenial-updates universe
deb-src xenial-updates universe

deb xenial-security main restricted
deb-src xenial-security main restricted
deb xenial-security universe
deb-src xenial-security universe


$ docker run ubuntu:14.04 grep -v '^#' /etc/apt/sources.list

deb trusty main restricted
deb-src trusty main restricted

deb trusty-updates main restricted
deb-src trusty-updates main restricted

deb trusty universe
deb-src trusty universe
deb trusty-updates universe
deb-src trusty-updates universe

deb trusty-security main restricted
deb-src trusty-security main restricted
deb trusty-security universe
deb-src trusty-security universe
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Comments (82)
7 days ago

docker noob: Cannot install anything; always complain "E: Unable to locate package XXX".

25 days ago

Why it has bash: ip: command not found

3 months ago

Can I install jenkins in docker?

3 months ago

can I install normal linux ubuntu apps in this docker ubuntu Image

5 months ago

I got Mirai warning using ubuntus 17.04 container for synology docker.

5 months ago

this is not working now. 2017-01-10.

it's true

woto@woto:/hdd/docker/gdeslon-docker$ docker-compose build exporter
Building exporter
Step 1 : FROM ubuntu:14.04
---> 3f755ca42730
Step 2 : ENV TERM xterm
---> Using cache
---> 3077ab16faed
Step 3 : RUN apt-get update
---> Using cache
---> 509440d726f1
Step 4 : RUN locale-gen ru_RU.UTF-8 && update-locale
---> Using cache
---> 8f570b6ff7d2
Step 5 : RUN apt-get -qq -y install wget curl git vim build-essential build-essential python-dev postgresql-client
---> Running in dffa5a9dc488
E: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 80]

E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?
ERROR: Service 'exporter' failed to build: The command '/bin/sh -c apt-get -qq -y install wget curl git vim build-essential build-essential python-dev postgresql-client' returned a non-zero code: 100

6 months ago

this is not working now. 2017-01-10.

6 months ago

when I try to run ubuntu, dock shows the below error:
docker run ubuntu:16.04
Unable to find image 'ubuntu:16.04' locally
Pulling repository
docker: Tag 16.04 not found in repository
See 'docker run --help'.

why? who could help me?

6 months ago

ubuntu:16.04 and ubuntu:latest are broken.

6 months ago

+1 for official i386 images.

Unofficial vanilla i386 images could be found here -