Adlink Technology has signed a deal with Canonical to pre-certify its boards devices with the Ubuntu Linux operating system (OS).
The agreement, announced at Embedded World, avoids the need for customers to install the device OS themselves and to work with the OS provider for licensing and support; it also enables Adlink to support Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) projects by enabling certification and licensing for ODM customers. Devices will be pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux, with Canonical offering Adlink customers full, ongoing technical support and automatic updates until the OS release reaches its designated end-of-life date.
Ubuntu Linux is used for large embedded systems and Canonical says it is the most popular open source operating system for autonomous robotics and self-driving vehicles.
Canonical and Adlink are both members of the Robot Operating System 2 (ROS 2) Technical Steering Committee, a group of industry leaders from organizations that are contributing to the development of ROS 2, with the responsibility to set the technical direction for the project.
“Adlink and Canonical are closely aligned on ROS development and other machine intelligence research,” said Tom Canning, Global VP of IoT & Devices Canonical. “Whether they're using industrial gateways or pursuing initiatives in the robotics and AI space, Adlink and Canonical customers will benefit from pre-certified stacks to accelerate their development.”
“Customers often combine our Adlink Edge software with our range of hardware devices when deploying IoT solutions for industrial automation,” said Steve Cammish, Vice President of Edge Solutions for AI and IoT at Adlink. “We want to provide them with the very best user experience so that they are able to easily update their operating systems with, for example, the latest security patches and updates. By working closely with Canonical and pre-certifying our systems with Ubuntu Linux, we can now offer that experience to our customers, making IoT system development easier and more secure.”