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Embedded Linux 2.0

It's time for a better developer experience.
More reliable updates. Much better security.

Faster, cheaper, better. Pick any 3.

  • Reduce the time to design, develop and launch your devices.
  • Lower the cost of development and maintenance.
  • Raise the quality and security of every component.
  • Save time

    Developers are much more productive on Ubuntu than handcrafted embedded Linux.

  • Save money

    Sharing a platform shares the cost. Licensing is cheaper, updates more tested and maintenance shared.

  • Raise quality

    Familiar and widely used Ubuntu means easy CI/CD, better tools, faster updates and better kernels.

  • Pre-enabled boards

    Linux is not a differentiator. Use pre-enabled boards and focus on software unique to your story.

  • Simplify operations

    Managing a familiar environment and platform is easier and cheaper than a specialist OS. Naturally.

  • More talent

    More Linux developers choose Ubuntu, so the talent pool is deeper and broader.

Latest Embedded news from our blog ›

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Developers drive success

Give them the platform they love.

  • More developers

    Tap the biggest talent pool. Ubuntu is ahead of the pack by every measure.

  • More packages

    Productivity starts with reuse. Accelerate developers with the world's largest package selection.

  • Better tools

    Every compiler and language developers use today is there, free, in Ubuntu.

  • Cloud compatible

    Developers use Ubuntu in the cloud for CI/CD and build systems — iterate faster, deliver sooner.

  • Latest software

    Ubuntu is renowned for being the place where you get the best and the latest bits.

  • Container friendly

    The people who drive docker hardest do it on Ubuntu. Make cloud-native things.


Classic Ubuntu Server
or new Ubuntu Core

The popular Ubuntu Server is great for developers and system administrators.

The new Ubuntu Core is an appliance platform with immutable packages.

Ubuntu Server

The world's most popular Linux includes a huge range of debs with rich dependency handling, as well as the new snaps for transactional package updates.

Best for machines with high sysadmin touch.

Learn more about Ubuntu Server ›

Ubuntu Core

The all-snap Ubuntu Core runs only strictly confined snaps and locks the entire appliance down with immutable images and signatures.

Best for appliances.

Learn more about Ubuntu Core ›


Security matters most

Get 10 years of automatic security updates for every major CVE.

Any compromise of your device puts your reputation on the line.

  • Fast fixes

    Canonical publishes security updates for Ubuntu every day. You choose when they get installed on your devices.

  • Binary package updates

    Canonical builds and tests binary package updates for Ubuntu. No need to integrate a mountain of source code patches every year.

  • CVE tracking

    A database of fixes supports your customer compliance policy by making it clear which issue is addressed in any update.

  • Trusted Compute

    Ubuntu provides a verified boot sequence and full disk encryption with optional hardware keys.

  • Strict confinement

    Keep your custom software strictly confined as snaps to ensure any problem stays isolated.

  • 10 year maintenance

    No other embedded Linux comes close to Canonical's commitment to long term security.


Compliance

Automatic tracking of Ubuntu component licenses and monitoring for your packages help you and your customers meet obligations.

  • Automatic source publication

    Meet GPL requirements automatically.

  • Annotations

    Know what licenses are used in each package.

  • Scanning

    Let us check for undocumented or unauthorised code combinations.

Apps

Develop, deploy, iterate and improve. With Ubuntu and snaps, your teams run at cloud speeds.

Enterprise App Store

The IoT App Store is designed for distributed devices. Control updates and versioning. Choose which apps you want your devices to see. Create exclusive, private snaps for your ecosystem. Manage app stores as a service for ODMs, resellers and integrators.

Read the datasheet ›

Learn more about IoT App Stores

Snap Store

The global Snap Store delivers apps to millions of Linux machines every day. With automatic OTA updates and advanced software versioning, snaps are a perfect solution for IoT. Deploy your app to the Store to get global exposure. It integrates directly with GitHub and Travis, and best of all it’s free to use.

Explore the Snap Store


DevOps for devices

Build, test and publish applications automatically. Bring CI/CD to your IoT appliances. Give your developers a pipeline to deliver updates to customers straight from their standard process. Empower customers to test beta and pre-release versions.

Whether you're using Git with Travis or Jenkins, automated snap creation is just a few steps away. For open source projects, we will even build your snap for ARM, x86, POWER and Z. Canary updates and automatic rollbacks let you go fast with confidence.

Build a snap


All kinds of containers


Snaps

App packages for desktop, cloud and IoT that are easy to install, secure, cross‐platform and dependency‐free. Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, the app store for Linux with an audience of millions.

Build a snap


Docker

Bring your cloud containers and CI/CD tooling to the edge.

Using apt and debs:

apt install docker.io

Using snaps:

snap install docker

Kubernetes

MicroK8s is the simplest production-grade upstream K8s. Lightweight and focused. Single command install on Linux, Windows and macOS. Made for devops, great for edge, appliances and IoT with full high availability Kubernetes and autonomous clusters.

Explore MicroK8s


LXD

LXD is a next generation container and virtual machine manager, providing flexibility and scalability for various use cases. Includes support for different storage backends, network types and the ability to install on a range of hardware.

Learn more about LXD


Ultra-reliable updates

Learn more
  • Transactional

    Failed updates roll back to the last working version automatically, allowing for rapid deployment.

  • Auditable

    All snaps are digitally signed and can be verified at any time. On Ubuntu Core, the entire device is immutable and traceable.

  • Secured

    Every application is confined to its own area for heightened security. On Ubuntu Core, the OS is locked down too.

  • Snap deltas

    Binary deltas mean we transmit the least possible data per update, saving you time and money.

  • Snapshots

    Backup device data at any time. Integrate with your existing data management strategy.

  • Update control

    Schedule snap updates to align with planned maintenance windows.

Hardware? Easy.

We certify the major platforms so you are ready to roll.
Fixed-price enablement and certification of related boards.

Reference platforms

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Intel NUC
  • Xilinx Evaluation Kits and SOMs
  • Qualcomm Dragonboard

Explore Ubuntu reference platforms

Ubuntu enablement

  • Get Ubuntu on your preferred board
  • Activate standard and custom capabilities
  • Security updates for 10 years
  • Supported by Canonical

Get in touch about certification


Unleash your hardware

Have a custom board? Let us deliver a standard Linux for your developers.

  • Super connected

    Bluetooth, WiFi, LTE. It's all at your fingertips. Standard system services with long term maintenance included.

  • Sensor integration

    Get your real-world data streams flowing with the UPM and MRAA packages for Ubuntu.

  • Architectures

    Our entire platform is certified on both x86 and ARM. Pick your favorite, or use both in a product family with little overhead.

  • Right size silicon

    Start on Ubuntu and select the right silicon close to physical shipment, when your performance needs are better defined.

  • Performance optimised

    Canonical works with the leading silicon providers to optimise the entire stack — from metal and kernel to computer vision and AI.

  • Secure appliances

    Full disk encryption, secure boot and hardware key management raise the bar for trusted computing at the edge.

Backed by Canonical

Long term support, defined and delivered. We'll get you from POC to MVP and shipping in record time.

  • Frictionless development

    Standard images of Ubuntu are free to download, get started with no friction.

  • FIPS, EAL, HIPAA

    We are trusted by the world's most demanding institutions to deliver platforms for regulated services.

  • Managed maintenance

    Updates and support from Canonical, for the life of your device.

  • Enterprise management

    Thousands of companies manage Ubuntu every day. Your appliance will feel right at home.

  • Global support

    No matter where you ship, no matter where your customers are, we can be there when you need us.

  • Edge pioneers

    The intelligent edge is born on Ubuntu. From telco to retail, the trailblazers choose Canonical.

Get in touch