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Are the provided OS images server or desktop variants?

Posted August 12, 2020 228 views
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I apologize if the answer is obvious, but I couldn’t find any information about this. Are the provided operating systems images (e.g. Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS) x64, Fedora 32 x64, etc.) server versions or desktop versions of the operating systems?

For example, when I create an Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS) x64 Droplet, is it a desktop version of Ubuntu or server version of Ubuntu?

Are these images straight from the publishers (e.g. Canonical) or are they customized? If so, in what manner?

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Hi there @Leviathan,

The images are based on the server versions. You can also bring your own images in case that you have some specific requirements that the default images do not meet, for more information on how to do that you can follow the steps here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/blog/custom-images/

The main noticeable customization to those images is that they come with some pre-added DigitalOcean repositories for better reliability.

For example if you deploy an Ubuntu Droplet and check the /etc/apt/sources.list the file you will see some repositories like this one:

deb http://mirrors.digitalocean.com/ubuntu/ bionic multiverse

Hope that this helps!
Regards,
Bobby

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