With the release of Ubuntu 19.10, Canonical announced the official support roadmap for Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Not just v19.10, Raspberry Pi also supports the long-term release of Ubuntu 18.04.4.
Along the same lines, Canonical has shared a new Ubuntu Raspberry Pi support roadmap to further strengthen their relationship. They now plan to bring in new tools, services and default official support for the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
New Services For Digital Makers And DIY Hobbyists
As mentioned in the latest blog, Canonical will launch two new services to promote the culture of digital makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) hobbyists.
In collaboration with open source developers, Canonical will build an online catalog of appliance images in various categories such as smart home, smart speakers, network security, desktop, gaming, robotics, 3d printing and more.
Using the catalog, makers and DIY enthusiasts can make their own Raspberry Pi-based technical appliance; the appliance will be based on a Ubuntu core that will provide strong security and automatic software updates.
Furthermore, makers with no coding experience can use the online image composition service to remotely build custom images of Ubuntu core for Raspberry Pi.
Tools And Utilities For Developers
A credit-card-sized single-board computer, Raspberry Pi, mainly aims to provide a cheap device for students learning software development. Keeping that in mind, the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will feature a new configuration and software utility for Raspberry Pi.
Using the tool, developers can improve the user experience of Raspberry Pi and manage peripherals attached to it such as displays, cameras, and Bluetooth.
Advancing Industrial Support
In recent times, enterprises are focussing more on bringing IoT solutions. For the same reason, Raspberry Pi is the best fit for developing IoT based devices owing to its cheap cost and credit card size.
Continuing to support computer modules, Canonical now promises to add Ubuntu support from day one of the release of the new Raspberry Pi board. Not only support, but they will launch a commercial package for the enterprise.
The new package will help to scale the project development on Raspberry Pi in an agile way. It will also include engineering support for custom enterprise-grade images, software management services, dedicated hosting services, technical support, as well as training and consulting.
Overall, canonical plans to take the relationship of Ubuntu Pi to another level. We can expect even more announcements after the release of Ubuntu 20.04 that are due on April 23, 2020.
Lastly, if you want to download the Ubuntu Linux image for Raspberry Pi, you can visit the official page here. To install it, you can use a new imaging utility tool, Raspberry Pi Imager, by Raspberry Pi that can easily image your microSD card with Ubuntu Linux.