Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced a new variant of the open source operating system optimized for IoT and edge devices.

Dubbed Ubuntu Core 22, the new operating system is touted as helping manufacturers meet large-scale remote management and security challenges as IoT ecosystems grow larger and more complex.

Ubuntu has already fueled some pretty colorful IoT use cases, including Xiaomi's recently released robotic dog, CyberDog.

What does it offer?

Apparently, Ubuntu Core is a fully containerized version of Ubuntu, breaking down the monolithic Ubuntu image into packages called "snaps," comprising the kernel, OS, and applications.

Canonical claims that each plugin has an isolated sandbox that includes application dependencies, making it fully portable and reliable.

Additionally, Canonical's Snapcraft framework enables instant "on-rails" development, which the company says enables rapid iteration, automated testing, and reliable deployment.

According to the developer, every device running Ubuntu Core has a dedicated IoT app store, which it says gives users full control over apps on their devices and can help them build, publish and distribute software on a single platform.

Canonical also claims to ensure that critical over-the-air (OTA) transactional kernel, operating system and application updates will always complete successfully, or automatically roll back to the previous working version, so that a device cannot be "blocked" by an incomplete system. to update.

The company says these dumps also provide delta updates to minimize network traffic, as well as digital signatures to ensure the integrity and provenance of the software.

Le système d'exploitation récemment mis à jour offer également un suite de fonctionnalités de securite prêtes à l'emploi selon Canonical, notamment un démarrage securisé, un chiffrement complet du dial, un récupération securisée et un confinement strict du système d'exploitation et des Applications.

But Canonical isn't the only company paying increased attention to IoT security.

ABI Research predicts that the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) applications on 4G and 5G networks will drive the development of an €8 billion security services market.

If you want to give it a core, Ubuntu Core 22 is now generally available for download from here. (opens in a new tab)

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