Linux News Today: Canonical Announces Snappy 2.0 Ahead of the Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS Release
Today, April 16, 2016, Canonical has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Snappy 2.0 for the upcoming Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.
After weeks of hard work, the Snappy Ubuntu Core developers, through Gustavo Niemeyer are now proud to inform the community about the immediate availability of Snappy 2.0, the next major release of the operating system users can install on all sorts of embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
“This is an important moment for the project, as it materializes most of the agreements that were made over the past year, and does so with the promise of stability,” said Gustavo Niemeyer. “So you may trust that the important external APIs of the project (filesystem layout, snap format, REST API, etc) will not change from now on.”
Here’s what’s new in Snappy 2.0
Prominent new features of Snappy 2.0 include new and rich interfaces that lets users communicate between snaps that control security and confinement, a much-improved command-line experience, as well as remote or local authentication support through macaroons, which are cookies with contextual caveats for decentralized authorization in the cloud.
Moreover, Ubuntu Snappy Core users will be able to better control and monitor the system changes, as well as to undo some of those during reboots or system crashes. The file system layout received much-needed improvements, and modern sequencing of revisions has been implemented in Snappy 2.0.
Snappy Ubuntu Core is a special version of the Ubuntu Linux operating systems, designed to be deployed on all sorts of embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Today’s Snappy Ubuntu Core 2.0 release comes as part of Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), due for release on April 21, 2016. More about Snappy Ubuntu can’t be found on the project’s official homepage.