First steps with a brand new Ubuntu virtual machine

Plenty of cloud providers offer ready-made Ubuntu images. That’s no surprise. Ubuntu is the most popular open-source operating system for cloud deployments. There are more virtual machines running the Ubuntu OS than any other because it’s free, it’s the reference OS for OpenStack, and you can rely on help for the LTS (Long Term Support) version for five years. For that reason, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the basic setup.