There has been a recent announcement of an official Minimal Ubuntu stream with a raw image as well as support on various clouds. There is also an
ubuntu-minimal package which has existed since trusty. Various uses of "minimal" over the years have been used to describe vastly different OP situations.
A quick glance at questions with these terms seem to show that there has been a difference between the usage of "Minimal" on this site and, going forward, may refer to five distinctly different contexts:
An installation of Ubuntu (usually server on bare-metal, but also virtualbox image) with the intention of using as little resources for running the OS as possible. Sometimes with competing aims, such as:
a. streamlining as a guest; vs
b. hardware support (RAID, LVM, SSD, etc.), for example
Install media that are smaller - in other words - Ubuntu Live Server.
- An Ubuntu docker/lxd/aws container which doesn't require setup but does have some specific streamlining for working in these environments.
ubuntu-minimalmetapackage, described as "Minimal Core of Ubuntu".
- Another way of describing Ubuntu Core.
It's an unfortunate marketing problem which I'm quite surprised about, actually. I would have thought this confusion would have been spotted long before it was decided to use the brand "Minimal Ubuntu".
How can we help make it easier to find questions that specifically relate to these five or six distinctly different uses?