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Snappy Ubuntu Core: Canonical plans platform for the Internet of Things

As Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has now revealed, his company is launching a new platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) based on "Snappy Ubuntu Core". This means that “smart devices” should benefit from the security of rollback updates and the abundance of apps for Ubuntu.

Even if the end user has not yet received any tangible results, Canonical has subordinated any development to the idea of ​​convergence in the last two years. At the moment, the first apps such as Ubuntu Music are ready to fill the thought with life. These will only show their strengths on the desktop when Ubuntu has pulled it up to Unity 8 and Mir.

Regardless of this, Canonical is now launching another platform that extends the convergence from the cloud to the Internet of Things, which is also often invoked at Microsoft, but which is even less implemented there than at Canonical. For this purpose, Shuttleworth uses the recently publicly presented Ubuntu core offshoot Snappy Ubuntu Core. So far it looked as if Snappy Ubuntu should compete in the cloud and in computing clusters with Red Hats Atomic or CoreOS, Canonical is now opening up a new playing field for the new operating system and thus spanning the arc of convergence over the first Ubuntu Phone, which will appear in a few weeks out to the Internet of Things.

Having learned from previous experience, Shuttleworth secured a group of 22 cooperation partners for the start of the new platform. Makers and the will be there in the first round "Crazies of the Scene", including the Kickstarter success story Ninja Sphere, the Alder Copter from Erle Robotics as well as developer boards such as Odroid, Beaglebone, Banana Pro, Udoo, PCDuino, Parallella and chip manufacturers such as Allwinner. In the near future, Shuttleworth also wants to announce partnerships with industry giants in order to get a foothold in the Internet of Things market, which is already crowded but where the terrain has not yet been finally divided. There is already an alliance with ownCloud, which recently presented its own Ubuntu app. Frank Karlitschek, founder and CEO of ownCloud says: "We are thus able to deliver the current version of ownCloud directly to end devices, add functions and fix problems for a problem-free and secure cloud system.

The planned Ubuntu IoT devices include robots, copters, smart home and kitchen devices as well as developer boards of the ARMv7 or x86 architecture, many of which already support Ubuntu. In the future, “Ubuntu for networked devices” could take advantage of the rollback updates from Snappy Ubuntu, as it addresses millions of devices that are updated daily. With the rollback technique of atomic updates from the container software segment, devices, some of which are strongly networked with others, can be updated more securely.

Ubuntu Core for networked devices requires a CPU with 600 MHz, 128 megabytes of RAM, of which the system occupies 40 megabytes and the rest is available for applications. The smart devices also require four gigabytes of flash memory for factory reset and the rollback function.

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