“Ubuntu Core enables our new app store for open robots. That creates a market for innovation and competition in smart robotics, with apps and updates delivered straight from developers to a new class of open, intelligent robots powered by open platforms and open protocols.”
Brian Gerkey, CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation
“We are delighted to reveal the Erle-Copter as the world's first Ubuntu Core powered drone that will stay secure automatically and can be upgraded with additional capabilities from the app store. An open platform attracts innovators and experts to collaborate and compete, we are excited to lead the way with open drones for education, research and invention.”
Victor Mayoral Vilches, CTO of Erle Robotics
“Ubuntu met our need for a secure and reliable platform that enables real-time updates and an open marketplace for network intelligence and it is easy to bring our Linux-based applications to Ubuntu Core.”
Larry Wikelius, Director of Ecosystems and Partner Enabling at Cavium
A marketplace for incredible apps on open devices
General-purpose, extensible devices like hubs, set-top boxes and gateways create a market for apps from a global developer community. “The app store for internet things is now open on Ubuntu,” says Maarten Ectors, VP of Internet Things at Canonical, the company that leads Ubuntu development. “Ubuntu makes it easy to develop amazing apps for incredible devices on your laptop, test on the cloud and publish straight to a global market of diverse devices.”
Enterprise grade, industry hardened
Ubuntu's widespread deployment in enterprise data centres sets the stage for its entry to industrial control and management systems.
“RTI is excited about the work Canonical is doing with the Snappy Ubuntu Core. It will enable RTI customers to more easily build secure distributed systems for the Industrial IoT” said Stan Schneider, CEO of Real-Time Innovations, Inc. “As a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee, I am also excited to have Canonical join the IIC.”
The developer's favourite
The huge range of software on Ubuntu helps developers with sophisticated processing such as vision, sensor processing, motion and location. This popularity leads to frequent sightings of “Ubuntu in the wild” in projects as diverse self-driving cars, entertainment control systems, deep space mission control centers, and smart display systems. Ubuntu Core provides a production-ready platform for products that will ship across the globe, be hard to access physically and be connected to the internet for updates and security fixes.
“We are inspired to support entrepreneurs and inventors focused on life-changing projects. From scientific breakthroughs by autonomous robotic explorers to everyday miracles like home safety and energy efficiency, our world is being transformed by smart machines that can see, hear, move, communicate and sense in unprecedented ways.”
Maarten Ectors, VP IoT, Canonical
Cloud connectivity with Azure and AWS
Both Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to publish their IoT developer APIs on Ubuntu Core for snappy developers.
“Smart industrial system need secure cloud back-ends for data storage and analysis. Microsoft and Canonical are partnering to deliver developer APIs to enable Ubuntu Core for snappy developers. This partnership will simplify cloud-backed device development.” says John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft.
One platform, from cloud to device
Ubuntu Core presents a single identical platform from cloud to device. “It has never been easier to develop for embedded devices,” comments Alexander Sack, who leads device engineering at Canonical. “Ubuntu Core on the cloud is a perfect platform for test and dev, I can simulate my device online and launch thousands of simulated devices on demand.” Canonical ensures that Ubuntu Core on the cloud and on devices present the exact same APIs and receive identical security updates.
Developers of ownCloud, the popular private personal cloud solution, have already published ownCloud in the app store, so any spare PC can be turned into a personal, private and secure file sync and share with Ubuntu Core.
“We are able to deliver the latest ownCloud straight to your device, adding features and fixing problems for worry-free, secure personal cloud systems.”
Frank Karlitschek, founder and CTO of ownCloud
Access to the best enterprise software
As smart devices move into the enterprise they will need to integrate with existing identity, management and monitoring systems, and Ubuntu brings the widest range of cloud-era solutions to the table. For example, Forgerock is a widely adopted leader in identity and access management for all things including people, things, places and events, and will make available its solutions for developers on Ubuntu Core systems.
“Identity for IoT has driven Identity Management to increasing importance. We are very happy to jointly assure that each Ubuntu Core powered smart device can be securely identified and corporations can easily control access to it from the cloud.” says Lasse Andresen, CTO of Forgerock.
… to high-end server appliances
The fastest Xeon server, and the massively multi-core ARM CPUs such as Thunder from Cavium, are equally well supported by Ubuntu Core. For high-end server appliances that power the next generation of switches and routers, to hyperscale container-oriented infrastructure and rack-centric transcoding engines, Ubuntu Core supports the widest range of server-class silicon for appliance designers and developers, and it’s already widely accepted in enterprise data centres too.