Thanks for the Shrimp Internet?

Canonicals open-source operating system (OS) for Edge and Internet of Things devices, Ubuntu Core 22, is now generally available as the company sees market opportunities for the fully containerized operating system at the heart of a growing ecosystem of embedded industries, telecommunications, automobiles and robotic devices.

The release is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, which means customers will get 10 years of security maintenance for the kernel, operating system, and application-level code. (Those looking for a use case for Ubuntu Core could do worse than look at a deployment by a major shrimp farming company Oceanos, which deploys Ubuntu Core on Dell Edge gateways, in turn connected to sensors that monitor shrimp tanks for PH levels, temperature and salinity.)

Those looking for Ubuntu-certified IoT/edge devices have options with Dell (6), Lenovo (2), Raspberry Pi (12), Advantech (15), Intel (6), DFI (4), Xilinx, (4) , AAEON (3) and many more: “Our goal at Canonical is to provide secure and trusted open source everywhere, from the development environment to the cloud, edge and device,” said Mark Shuttleworth , CEO of Canonical in a statement. “With this release and the real-time Ubuntu Core, we are ready to extend the benefits of Ubuntu Core to the entire embedded world.”

Ubuntu Core 22 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTSfirst released in May this year with a slew of security enhancements (Canonical boasted that the OS catered to confidential cloud computing, real-time kernel for industrial applications and Active Directory, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FIPS, and FedRAMP enterprise compliance; on the cloud side being the only Linux version capable of Azure Confidential VMs, while being at the opposite end of the IT food chain, can now run on hardware as modest as the modest 2GB Raspberry Pi.)

A ‘Small Robot Company’ model.

Telecom carriers are a big target for Canonical, and Ubuntu 22.04 release earlier this year received high praise from Intel for telecoms.

The chip company noted at the time that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS real-time kernel unlocks low-latency use cases for real-time applications such as Cloud RAN… Working with Canonical, we validated Intel’s FlexRAN SDK to enable OpenRAN implementations requiring preemptive real-time kernel capabilities to meet 5G latency requirements.”

Ubuntu Core 22’s lightweight Edge OS retains the same partition layout as Ubuntu Core 20, providing a path to upgrade older systems to Ubuntu Core 22 and backward compatibility of new features. It is also now possible to deploy Ubuntu Core 22 to bare metal devices in the field using MAAS – or Metal as a Service, which allows users to provision physical machines as virtual machines (instances) in the cloud. ; Ubuntu Core 22 allows users to remotely provision a complete system image for bare metal hardware. A modernized factory reset feature meanwhile simplifies what was once a heavily manual task via a simple factory reset boot mode, accessible from both run and recovery modes, for those wishing to restore a pristine condition known.

Other top Ubuntu users include UK agri-tech start-up The Small Robot Company, which runs Ubuntu Core on its fleet of Raspberry Pi-powered robots. As founder Joe Allnutt puts it in a case study: “Having the same operating system in our different environments – desktop, cloud and robots – is also very useful. I wrote a big install script to get bots working, and found that I could use 90% of the same script for desktops as well. That’s pretty incredible considering one is a £30 credit card sized computer and the other a £1600 laptop.


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Steven L. Nielsen