Canonical has announced Ubuntu Core 18 which brings the latest technologies from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to embedded devices. One of the key highlights for those running Ubuntu Core 18 is that Canonical plans to deliver security updates for 10 years; this should allow businesses to hold on to hardware for quite a while before it needs to be replaced.
Due to the more limited nature of IoT devices, which Ubuntu Core is aimed at, Canonical has made the decision to limit the number of packages that it's shipping with this update. By reducing the number of packages it means that security updates both smaller in size and fewer in frequency.
In order to help businesses get up and running with Ubuntu Core more quickly, Canonical has partnered with the likes of Dell and Qualcomm to provide certified hardware. Discussing the new software release, John Dauskurdas, Vice President, Global IoT/Embedded PC Sales at Dell EMC, said:
“Dell has been working closely with Canonical over the past three years to certify Ubuntu Core on all our Edge Gateway platforms. Ubuntu Core enables our customers to build highly secure, stable IoT solutions that deliver the deep insight they need to effectively run their business. We see enormous interest in customers wanting to take advantage of the built-in app store infrastructure to securely maintain and deliver new functionality at the edge.”
Another nice feature that will ensure the stability of the system is the inclusion of a backup kernel and OS which will be used if the device fails to boot up. Additionally, it said power failures that occur while the system is updating should not corrupt the device. It also said that it will provide delta updates instead of whole-snap updates; this should help those with millions of devices “save significant amounts” of data.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Ubuntu Core 18, be sure to head to the dedicated pages by Canonical.