Michael Vogt of the Snappy Ubuntu team reported yesterday Monday of the availability of first beta images of the Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 operating system, a system originally designed for IoT or Internet of Things devices. The system has been in the development phase for a long time and it is a "compressed" version, in quotes because it is a way of speaking (not data compression), which will work perfectly on boards such as Raspberry Pi or DragonBoard .
The most current official version of Snappy Ubuntu Core is 15.04, a version that was part of the Vivid Velvet brand and that arrived with Ubuntu 15.04 in April 2015. In theory, a new version was due to arrive in December as part of the release. brand Wili Werewolf, but Canonical was unable to release the update because that version will be discontinued in December 2016.
Snappy Ubuntu Core will be based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
The Ubuntu Snappy team is happy to announce the first beta images of Ubuntu Core 16. The images use the Snapd package manager to install and update all system components including the kernel, kernel, gadget and applications. The images are bootable, the PC image can be started directly in qemu-kvm or virtualenv.
As Vogt says, the PC version of the Snappy Ubuntu Core 16 images can be started directly from qemu-kvm Or from virtualenv. If what we want is to run them on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 2 SBCs, we will need to write any of the images to an SD card, for which we will have to open a terminal and write the following command:
unxz ubuntu-core-16-pc.img.xz dd if= ubuntu-core-16-pc.img of=/dev/sdVUESTRA-SD
In the previous lines you have to modify the second command by changing the path to that of your SD card. It is also worth remembering that if we execute the previous commands, all the data on our SD card will be erased.
It seems that Canonical will continue to bet on IoT devices. Will we see a future in which, in addition to servers, we see how Ubuntu dominates among these devices?