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I recently tried Oracle Cloud VM following a HN discussion[1], An AMD 2 core/1GB instance with Ubuntu 20.04. Nearly 50% of memory was already occupied desktop packages(because the image is not server version, it's not available) and more importantly by Oracle-cloud-agent through snap by default.

I don't remember management-agents pre-installed in other cloud providers I've used over past several years. I've not used Azure instances much, Only their server-less services and it seems like Azure & Oracle are on same boat as far as management-services baked by default in the images(of course vulnerabilities have not surfaced for the latter ...yet).

But Oracle seems to be supporting Bring Your Own Image (BYOI), which I assume those who are serious about security are already using.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28497181#28501062

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