Instant Ubuntu VMs
A mini-cloud on your Mac or Windows workstation.
Multipass provides a command line interface to launch, manage and generally fiddle about with instances of Linux. The downloading of a minty-fresh image takes a matter of seconds, and within minutes a VM can be up and running.The Register
Linux distributions with snap packages support enabled. Get your Linux set up for snaps
Your first five minutes with Multipass should give you a sense of how much fun it is to have a lightweight cloud handy, free of charge, on your workstation. Let’s launch a few LTS instances, list them, exec a command or script inside the instance, use cloud-init and clean up old instances.
Launch an instance (by default you get the current Ubuntu LTS)
Run commands in that instance, try running bash (logout or ctrl-d to quit)
Pass a cloud-init metadata file to an instance on launch see using cloud-init with multipass for more details
See your instances
Stop and start instances
Clean up what you don’t need
Find alternate images to launch with multipass
Now don’t forget you still have ‘ubuntu-lts’ running :)