Linux News Today: Snappy Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Let You Build Kernel Snaps via Snapcraft, Says Mark Shuttleworth
Ubuntu on the phone, tablet or desktop is not the only thing Canonical is working on in 2016, as Mark Shuttleworth and his team of skilled IoT engineers over at Canonical are planning great new features for the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system for embedded and Internet of Things devices.
We reported last week that Canonical announced the release of new Snappy Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) images with the all-snap architecture for Raspberry Pi 2 and 64-bit devices, powered by Snappy 2.0. At the moment, all these technologies are in development, but they will get a final release on April 21, 2016.
When asked on the Snappy Ubuntu mailing list if it was possible to enable Remote Network Driver Interface Specification (RNDIS) on Ubuntu Snappy Core for the BeagleBone single-board computer by building a custom kernel snap with a specific configuration, Mark Shuttleworth was quick to answer that it would be possible.
“The gameplan is that you will be able to use snapcraft to build your own kernel snap with the config / patches / compiler / modules of your choice,” said Mark Shuttleworth. “I’m not sure exactly how far along we are towards that, though! It’s definitely the goal for 16.04 LTS (essentially snappy 2.0 with the all-snaps architecture).”
Of course, these are not the only features that will be implemented in the upcoming Ubuntu Snappy Core 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, as Canonical has great plans for it in 2016, when we will most certainly witness the arrival of new and innovative devices powered by the company’s Snappy technologies.