Ubuntu Core 20 is now available to download.

Ubuntu Core is a minimal, containerised version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS designed for use on embedded systems and IoT devices. It boasts a super-secure design with support for transactional updates through Snap apps.

Ubuntu Core boasts a super-secure design with support for transactional updates

A raft of leading companies already use the tech in industrial and consumer IoT devices, including Dell,Plus One Robotics, and Jabil.

The latest version is Ubuntu Core 20. This version intros a handful of security-focused features including cryptographically authenticated boot process, full disk encryption, and manual and remote recovery mode.

“Ubuntu Core 20 enables innovators to create highly secure things and focus entirely on their own unique features and apps, with confinement and security updates built into the operating system,” says Mark Shuttleworth.

Launching alongside Ubuntu Core 20 is SMART START. This is a new “smart things as a service” from Canonical. It aims to help enterprises get their IoT devices up and running, out on the market, and keyed in for prompt, secure updates.

The service offers “…fixed-price engagement to launch a device that covers consulting, engineering and updates for the first 1000 devices on certified hardware, to reduce IoT project risk.”

Ubuntu Core is free to download. It’s also certified across a range of x86 and ARM single board computers, including the Raspberry Pi 4.

Do keep in mind that Ubuntu Core is not a desktop distro. For more details on getting up and running with Ubuntu Core be sure to check the landing page on the Ubuntu website.

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