What’s the meaning of installing Ubuntu in the cloud?

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I'm relatively new to the whole "cloud computing" game but I recently came across this: Install Ubuntu in the cloud. What's meant by this? How is this different from normal web hosting? Any info would help. Thanks!

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“Cloud computing” is a laughable matter really.  Its really nothing more than virtualization.

This ultimately means that “install Ubuntu in the cloud” means installing Ubuntu in a virtual machine hosted in a cloud (public or private).  Since the question is very basic, we could safely reword it to say that it means installing Ubuntu in a virtual machine which is hosted outside of your local network.

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  • carlosdl
    Normal web hosting doesn't allow you to install an operating system.  Just web applications.

    In this case it must likely mean to install Ubuntu on a virtual machine hosted on a cloud provider.
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  • carlosdl
    @Eric Hansen, not every virtual machine constitutes what is generally know as a cloud.  I edited the answer.
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