Snappy Ubuntu Core, Canonical reveals its home lightweight operating system
Ubuntu operating system’s software developer, Canonical, is working for the past years on broadening the range of products where the desktop operating system can be used. The company just presented to the public the new version of Snappy Ubuntu Core ‘ a distribution created especially to interact with larger scale application builds and power the ‘Internet of Things’.
Ubuntu Core project was the base on which Snappy Ubuntu Core stands.
Snappy Ubuntu Core’s offer of a simpler package handling is what sets it apart from Ubuntu Core. Not only that, but Snappy offers system updates which supports transactional updates, and also Docker, a platform for developing and distributing applications.
Cross ‘ Communication Is Enabled
Snappy Ubuntu Core’s main appliance is to increase the software’s capability of emerging the ‘Internet of Things’. The system is able to run perfectly fine of a single-core computer at 600MHz with 128MB of RAM and storage of 4 GB for the system’s repair and reinstall. The OS will run only 40MB of RAM, but you need to keep in mind the applications. It should also smoothly on the newly unveiled Intel Curie.
The problem with IoT hardware is that it requires some standard for devices to communicate with each other. This problem is not present with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, but people will not purchase IoT if it means to use only some specific vendors. Some people prefer diversity and so the conflict comes in, if you have a Samsung smartphone, it does not mean you will also want to use their television, dishwashers or other appliances.
Snappy Ubuntu may be able to overcome these issues if they agree to give out an universal operating system and common application support. For example, if you have a smartwatch and smartTV working at the same application on the same cloud build, then the cross-communication is simplified.
Another plus for Snappy Ubuntu Core would be represented by offering an alternative to security patces and updates made for specific producers. People have seen a similar examples with cellular carriers that are bad at providing newer versions of updates of their OS, companies which invest in resources for testing and developing their software.
Now, a more important problem arises, the shady use-case of ‘Internet of Things’. As people are talking about smart technology and the future, micro processors are being added in our hardware, but we started to ignore the simpler technology which makes a compelling case for the masses to adopt.
When someone will develop a device which people will want to use, then IoT strategy of buiding ultr-lightweight applications will become a success. Ubuntu has the capacity to enter new markets but the company’s investments in Unity UI has not yet paid dividends. Up until now, no devices have been shipped and Ubuntu’s Touch Phone OS release has been delayed to 2015.
Although Canonical may have had some success on the markets, their main goal was not to sell some phones or tablets. If they refocus on IoT, they are able to expand on the Linux market.