Canonical’s Ubuntu Core, a tiny, transactional version of the Ubuntu Linux OS for IoT devices, runs highly secure Linux application packages, known as “snaps,” that can be upgraded remotely.
Using the same kernel, libraries and system software as classic Ubuntu, customers can develop snaps on their Ubuntu PCs just like any other application. IoT is where the difference lies.
“Because IoT devices tend to be smaller in terms of CPU and memory than a server or a desktop, we’ve done what we call a ‘minimal distribution’ of Ubuntu targeted for IoT,” said Mike Bell, executive vice president of devices and IoT at London-based Canonical Ltd. “The great thing is that I can use the same technology on the desktop and in the cloud as I can on an IoT device.”
But rather than just cutting down the OS for IoT, Canonical took a step back to figure out the core challenges of IoT and determine how those differed from the cloud.
One manufacturer that has already embraced the Ubuntu Core IoT OS is Dell Technologies; the Dell Edge Gateway 3000 launched in February with Ubuntu Core.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht