Although I’m normally a Debian person, I run Ubuntu Server on a couple of machines.
It made sense at the time, but boy is some of Ubuntu’s spam* annoying me.
*At least, I consider it to be spam.
Spam on ssh login
When I log in via ssh, there’s spam.
Today, it was:
* Strictly confined Kubernetes makes edge and IoT secure. Learn how MicroK8s just raised the bar for easy, resilient and secure K8s cluster deployment. https://ubuntu.com/engage/secure-kubernetes-at-the-edge
Why on earth would I - or anyone else - want this kind of spam coming up when I log in.
Worse, it’s not even locally-served, spam.
It is served by
/etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news, which is enabled by
It calls out to
https://motd.ubuntu.com (again, configurable in
I am unconvinced that a call out to an Ubuntu server for spam, every time I log in to my machine, is necessary or desirable.
Now, I’ve had this server running for a long time, so it is possible that I opted in to this when I set it up. But that seems very unlikely.
Easy to disable, but that’s not really the point.
ESM / Ubuntu Pro spam
Introducing Expanded Security Maintenance for Applications. Receive updates to over 25,000 software packages with your Ubuntu Pro subscription. Free for personal use.
This one comes from
There is also
/etc/update-motd.d/91-contract-ua-esm-status, which has related spam if you haven’t signed up for Ubuntu Pro.
apt upgrade, I get this:
# # News about significant security updates, features and services will # appear here to raise awareness and perhaps tease /r/Linux ;) # Use 'pro config set apt_news=false' to hide this and future APT news. #
“News about significant security updates”? Seems reasonable enough, in an update tool.
Features? Services? Sounds like spam to me.
And why would I would a message about “teasing /r/Linux ;)” on by default?
Heck, I don’t even know what “/r/Linux” is, let alone informed as to why I would want to be teased about it.
Again, easy to change, but, again - at least, again, as far as I can remember - enabled by default.
Ubuntu Pro spam here too!
The following security updates require Ubuntu Pro with ’esm-apps’ enabled: maven libmaven3-core-java Learn more about Ubuntu Pro at https://ubuntu.com/pro
This one is controlled by