Install Ubuntu Server and Docker Snap vs. APT

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My goal was to use Docker on a homebuilt NAS. The operating system I used was the server version of Ubuntu, which is available in the form of an installation media on the official Ubuntu site: The current Ubuntu version is: 22.10 (found: 2022-10-20)

Try or Install Ubuntu Server

If the installation medium is inserted (DVD or USB stick), the GRUB bootloader will announce itself at the next start, see also: Starting the computer from USB or DVD | UEFI / BIOS - Boot.

The wizard guides us through the network settings and setting up the profile:

To be able to administer the server over the network, I enabled the OpenSSH server:

Featured Server Snaps

Docker can be easily enabled as a "featured server snap" during server installation.

I still installed Docker last according to the official instructions on the Docker site, since the paths of the installation are otherwise different from the default ("/var/lib/docker") are: "/var/snap/docker/common/var-lib-docker".

Since Docker manages its paths itself, and they are not relevant when using Docker commands, the difference should not make any difference in practice, see: Launching Docker containers on Linux: use Docker Engine.

Ubuntu Snaps vs. Apt

Snap is a package management system from Canonical, the company that develops the Ubuntu Linux distribution. When using Snap, all required dependencies for an application are downloaded and installed in a tested container isolated from the system. In contrast, when using APT, packages are installed on the main file system.

Docker installation with Snap can be initiated in the terminal as follows:

sudo snap install docker

In comparison, software packages can be installed using the APT package manager as follows:

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli docker-compose-plugin docker-compose

Docker installation also requires an additional package source, see: Launching Docker containers on Linux: use Docker Engine.


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Publication: 2022-11-21 from Bernhard 🔔

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