Ubuntu Core software now available for Raspberry Pi

Developers using the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) can now use Canonical’s dedicated IoT operating system, Ubuntu Core. The CM3 is a micro-version of the Raspberry Pi 3 intended to provide a simple, cost optimised single board computer.

Olli Ries, Ubuntu Core Product Manager, Canonical told E&T: “Our vision of ‘Software Defined Everything’ sees a world where all devices can afford general purpose compute. By installing Ubuntu Core – Canonical’s IoT-specific OS on the CM3, device manufacturers have an easy and cost-effective route to the production of fully featured devices and can easily upgrade functionality through the additional use of snaps, the universal Linux application packaging format.”

This also means new applications can be made available via an app store, and what would once have taken engineers and developers months to achieve (defining hardware and coding embedded software), can now be achieved, claims the company, in a matter of days.

“Raspberry Pi has long been considered the compute board of choice for developers and innovators,” continued Ries, “and with the addition of Ubuntu Core, the CM3 now creates a way to successfully deploy devices in production. The support of Ubuntu Core opens up a huge community of developers who are keen to leverage Ubuntu’s particular advantages in the IoT world, and will see a huge expansion of the use of the Compute Module 3 in both commercial applications and individual projects.”

The CM3 can be slotted in and out of any device with a standard, low-cost DDR2 SODIMM connector and so is intended to provide an easy path for device creation, upgrading, or maintenance.

Ries concluded: “The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 will not only provide the basis for a number of new IoT products and connected devices, but is also highly likely to be adopted in other, already-established products currently running on more fully-featured Raspberry Pi boards, either as a means of improving existing compute or reducing costs.”

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