Ubuntu has long been prevalent on desktops, laptops, and even phones. Their various releases prove that some of the best things in life really are free. Snappy Ubuntu Core is one of the operating systems compatible with the Raspberry Pi, and the Pi 2 is even capable of running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. While previously operating system heavyweights vied, we’re not seeing collaboration, much the same way our various IoT gadgets communicate and coordinate.
In an unprecedented move, Canonical has joined forces with Microsoft, as well as GE, Acer and DataArt. The companies are working on an IoT industrial predictive maintenance project. Together, they will unite their individual cloud, machine learning, Docker, big data, and IoT efforts. A patchwork will form of Snappy Ubuntu, Juju Charms, Azure, and DeviceHive.
Canonical is slated to debut a selection of their IoT gadgets at IoT World, where our very own John Walter has been providing live coverage. GE has partnered with Canonical to create the ChillHub, an IoT fridge. Hey, you need to ensure your PBR is properly chilled. Snappy Ubuntu Core is commonly associated with use on devices such as the Raspberry Pi, but it’s a really adaptable OS, which can be deployed in a range of initiatives, from smart-fridges to drones. There’s huge potential, as exhibited by the partnership between Canonical and former-competitor Microsoft. Plus, Snappy Ubuntu is open source and free, which means easy access for the developer community at large.
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