Ubuntu is truly everywhere – from personal computers, servers and smartphones to the internet of things, clouds, smart gateways, humanoid robots and self-driving cars – and so is Qt. Established in 2004, Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu – set out on a mission to help open source software reach a wider market by providing services to governments and businesses to help migrating, managing and supporting Ubuntu deployments worldwide.
With Ubuntu’s and Qt’s joint roots from desktop, Qt has been used to fuel the re-inventing of the mobile computing experience with Ubuntu on phones and tablets. This experience itself has given birth to a new version of Ubuntu called Ubuntu Core dedicated for the world of IoT. By stripping down Ubuntu to its core essentials, Ubuntu can now be used on devices with much lower resource requirements than before. By combining Qt and Ubuntu Core it gives a tested and production ready platform particularly suited for IoT use cases requiring a screen from digital signage, kiosks, smart mirrors, industrial control to fitness equipment.
- Richard Collins, Ubuntu Mobile Product Manager at Canonical
- Pat McGowan - Director of Engineering, Developer Tools and Applications at Canonical
Ubuntu is a single software platform that runs across smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. It is designed to help make converged computing a reality: one system, one experience, multiple form factors.
Ubuntu Core is a stripped down version of Ubuntu, designed to run securely on autonomous machines, devices and other internet-connected digital things. From homes to drones, these devices are set to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, but they need an operating system that is different from that of traditional PCs.
This minimal version of Ubuntu is designed for devices that are in production with a reduced memory footprint.
It is optimized for security with self-contained apps, signed apps, a read-only OS/Kernel, a failsafe over the air distribution and update mechanism… with the possibility to add a white label app store on top of any device. It runs the same code as Ubuntu for desktop, server and mobile and therefore benefits from the same reliability, frequent patch updates, libraries and development environment as before.