Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 Is Finally Here
Canonical Ltd. just made an announcement regarding its anticipated Ubuntu Core 16 Linux-based OS for various IoT devices which had been in development for the past year.
This Linux distro for IoT devices takes advantage of a zip file containing all the package data together with the details needed to run the application on the machine known as Snap packages. The Snaps are secure, developer-friendly, and digitally signed. Canonical, itself, developed the Snappy package manager which in turn enhances security by allowing for application sandboxing.
The nature of Snap package updates is beneficial to developers because an automatic rollback is performed if any of the updates fail and this encourages developers to update their applications more often without fears of experiencing app crashes. This now provides a system via Update Control for developers to validate an update in the ecosystem before applying it.
It doesn’t end there, the lightweight Ubuntu Core 16 also features a Snap app store which allows developers to publish applications for various internet-connected devices. The Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 is intended for SoCs, single board computers, and cloud platforms and at the moment, the list of supported devices include:
- Raspberry Pi 2 and 3
- Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c
- Intel Joule
- Intel NUC
- Samsung Artik
Feel free to download the Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 ISO on Ubuntu’s website. And don’t forget to tell us about your experience with the powerful mini PC in the comments section.