How to remove canonical's motd-news

Ubuntu always greets you with a wordy “message of the day” blurb and a small ad for Livepatch. All these blurbs are generated by shell scripts, and you can customize them by entering the motd directory and editing/removing each file:

cd /etc/update-motd.d
rm 51-cloudguest
rm 10-help-text

However, it’s not always best to remove the file. Instead you should make it exit early. You can disable the Canonical Livepatch ad safely without deleting the file:

  1. edit /etc/default/motd-news and change ENABLED=1 to ENABLED=0
  2. edit /etc/update-motd.d/80-livepatch and add exit 0 after the #!/bin/sh.

Your greeting screen should now be short and simple and look like this:

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.15.0-48-generic x86_64)

  System information as of Fri Jun 14 14:05:23 EDT 2019

  System load:  0.08               Processes:           89
  Usage of /:   21.8% of 24.06GB   Users logged in:     0
  Memory usage: 24%                IP address for eth0: 159.203.183.121
  Swap usage:   0%

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