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Canonical goes all fortress on us with Ubuntu Core 18 for IoT devices

January 23, 2019 / Chris Merriman

CANONICAL HAS ANNOUNCED Ubuntu Core 18, the latest version of its slipstreamed, minimalist operating system for IoT devices. The stripped out version is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and its main boasts include significant security enhancements. One of them is the use of Snaps - the same tech that has brought virtualised apps that were previously limited to Windows - so that everything is effectively sandboxed, making it a lot harder for a bad actor to meddle with the functioning of a device, with digital signing ensuring that everything is what it said it is. Security updates will be provided for ten years (low cost, not always free), making gadgets based on Core, pretty much futureproof. In addition, by limiting the number of apps in the operating system, the number of security weakness points is (logically) greatly reduced.