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Ubuntu Core 18 Seeks to Make IoT and Embedded Easier

January 23, 2019 / Christine Hall

There's a new Ubuntu on the scene. This one isn't headed to sit on servers in data centers or on PCs and laptops in consumer space. Instead, it's a slimmed down version, dubbed Ubuntu Core 18, designed for installation by the Internet of Things (IoT) folks and in other embedded devices. With over 20 billion IoT devices expected to be connected by next year, this is by far the fastest growing segment of IT. And IoT is diverse. It includes most devices that sit on the peripheral of the internet -- everything from hardware being used to operate machinery on an assembly line floor, to connected "smart home" devices like televisions and thermostats that need to call home over the internet, to telecom equipment located at the base of cell phone towers.