Snappy Ubuntu Core Coming to Digital Signage With Screenly

Screenly is a company that specialises in digital signage announced today it is changing an important component of its core infrastructure to give its customers a stable platform that is secure, robust, simple to use and manage, all available on a $35 Raspberry Pi.

The announcement came as the company is gearing up to adopt Ubuntu core which is the least resource hungry version of one of the most talked about GNU/Linux operating systems.

Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system is one of Canonicals’ most innovative creations as it is a stripped down compressed version of its Ubuntu desktop operating system which is designed and maintained specifically for drones, robots, embedded systems and Internet of Things.

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Canonical dialled down the OS so much so that it only requires about 40MB of memory.

Digital signages use technologies like LCD, LED and image projection to display content such as digital images, videos, as well as other forms of information. Digital signages is a rapidly growing market and it is expected to expand from its current market value of $15 Billion to over $24 Billion when 2020 comes around.

They can be found in public spaces, transportation systems, museums, stadiums, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, and corporate buildings as a means to provide wayfinding, exhibitions, marketing and outdoor advertisements.

Screenly Digital Signage for the Raspberry Pi

Screenly is looking to become more innovative, flexible and even bigger in the digital signage spectrum and moving to Snappy Ubuntu core will make the entire transition of updating and managing updates easy.

“This means that Screenly players will be kept up to date with the latest version of the Screenly software, and also benefit from continuous OS updates for enhanced security, stability and performance,” explains the official press release, adding that: “A compromised display can be corrected immediately and the security of devices that are in public sphere is drastically improved” says CEO of Screenly Viktor Petersson.

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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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