CANONICAL HAS announced the release of the Snappy Ubuntu Core lightweight operating system for another starter kit.
The announcement explained: "We focused on the Intel NUC for its relatively low cost point for a starter platform (around $150) and broad availability (you can even find them on Amazon).
"This affordable device running Ubuntu Core offers a simple developer experience, making embedded development accessible to all with a deployment-ready edge computing option for IoT."
Snappy Ubuntu Core 15.04 is already available as a download image from the Canonical site with a 16.04 LTS version as soon as it's launched. The use of LTS builds reflects the three-year warranty of the Intel NUC.
The 115mm x 116mm x 40mm NUC is a more comprehensive starter kit than similar devices, boasting an Atom processor and room for up to 8GB of RAM and a 2.5in storage drive on top of the 4GB of onboard MMC memory. It's designed for a wide range of prototyping use cases.
The blog continued: "This is exactly where snappy Ubuntu Core becomes powerful, combining the upgrade capabilities of Ubuntu Core and the app architecture. You can guarantee that your Intel NUC will satisfy today’s use case as well as tomorrow’s."
Suggested use cases include digital signs and kiosks, thanks to the fanless design and low cost.
Snappy Ubuntu Core was launched formally at the beginning of 2015 as a stripped down, lightweight developer kit designed for fast IoT app design and deployment.
It requires as little as 600MHz of processing power and 128MB of RAM, meaning that, in comparison, the Intel NUC is like a supercomputer, leaving loads of room for future innovations as the IoT continues to pervade our everyday lives. µ
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