The Internet Of Things movement has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Not just enthusiasts, but also major firms in the technology sector are working on developing new IoT initiatives. A Partnership between QNAP and Canonical will help optimize Ubuntu on NAS systems for Internet of Things applications.
Optimizing Ubuntu For IoT Purposes
Similarly to what Microsoft has done with Windows 10, QNAP and Canonical want to optimize the Ubuntu operating system for IoT applications. To be more precise, this collaboration will address the usability of Ubuntu on NAS systems for Internet of Things purposes. In the long run, the plan is to integrate Ubuntu into QTS, a native NAS operating system developed by QNAP.
This collaboration between QNAP and Canonical is aimed at establishing an IoT platform both individual and SME users can feel comfortable with. QTS already has a virtualization system, and engineers will be adding Ubuntu support to this platform over the coming months. But that is only one side of the medallion, as this platform would require developers to build new applications.
Doing so will not be as big of a challenge as most people would anticipate it to be. QTS developers would have to ensure the universal snap-wrapper is supported to let these applications run on Ubuntu. This brings additional advantages to the table for developers, though, as they can distribute and update. apps in a quick and convenient manner.
For the time being, there is a software solution available for developers who want to start updating their applications for this new Internet of Things standard. Linux Station v1.1.893 can be found in the QTS App Center, and provides full support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Linux Station lets developers use the snap-wrapper on QNAP-based NAS systems.
The Internet of Things opens up exciting opportunities in the world of technology and finance. As more devices are connected to the Internet, payment solutions will have to evolve as well. Regardless of whether devices are making small or large purchases, payments have to be as cheap as possible. Bitcoin seems a very likely candidate for IoT transactions going forward, albeit it is still a bit early to tell for sure.
Source: Tweakers (Dutch)
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