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Canonical has released a new version of Ubuntu Core. Version 20 of the operating system for IoT devices and embedded systems brings some security improvements.

Canonical has outlined the details of its new operating system in its blog. The company calls it a “major release” that brings the operating system in line with Ubuntu 20.04. Ubuntu Core 20 adds secure boot, full disk encryption and secure device recovery.

“Every connected device needs guaranteed platform security and an app store”, said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Conanical. “Ubuntu Core 20 enables innovators to create highly secure things and focus entirely on their own unique features and apps, with confinement and security updates built into the operating system.”

Stripped-down version

Canonical has built Ubuntu Core as a stripped-down version of Ubuntu, intended for IoT devices and embedded systems. It is not possible to use the traditional package manager, but the OS instead relies on Snap. These applications run in a container, which enhances security.

According to Canonical, the combination of the secure design of the operating system and the new security features ensure a minimal attack surface. Ubuntu Core 20 is available immediately for both x86 and Arm devices.

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