Ubuntu Syndrome.

Warning: Bitter BOFH ahead.

There is a phenomenon I've come to call Ubuntu Syndrome, after the distribution of Linux which has become the darling of nearly every hosting provider out there (and no, I won't call them bloody cloud providers). All things considered, it seems to have a good balance of stable software, ease of use, availability, and diversity of available software. It also lends itself readily to the following workflow:

  • Use a tool like packer.io to automagically instantiate a copy of Ubuntu at the hosting provider of choice.
  • Never patch the machine under any circumstances.
  • Use Chef, Ansible …