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Ubuntu which is already pervasive on many platforms now targets IoT with launch of “snappy” Ubuntu Core.

Snappy Architecture

“A spare laptop or PC becomes your initial development board,” explains Alexander Sack. “Turn an old PC into a home storage server or prototype your robot app on a spare laptop or virtual machine.”

Finally it is time to dust off trusty old Beaglebone Black again and start tinkering !!

Ubuntu Core requires a 600 mhz processor with 128 MB RAM. Devices require 4GB flash for factory reset and system rollback. Ubuntu Core itself uses 40MB RAM leaving the rest for applications. The Beaglebone Black and Odroid-C1 are recommended ARM development boards. For x86, any spare laptop, PC or virtual machine will also serve as a development platform.

Check Mark’s blog post here Mark Shuttleworth » Blog Archive » Smart things powered by snappy Ubuntu Core on ARM and x86.