In my previous post about embedded Linux long term support, I neglected Ubuntu. I had not realized how much effort Canonical are putting into their ARM platform products. After doing a little reading today, it appears that within the next year, Ubuntu's long term support server distribution should be a very high quality product on ARM platforms. That's awesome!

Ubuntu LTS server releases are already supported for 5 years. Starting with version 12.04, the desktop LTS release will also be supported for 5 years. Combined with prebuilt images for various ARM development kits, that's an awesome starting point for higher powered, ARM based, embedded systems.

Ubuntu seems primed to completely take over the Linux distro landscape. I think that's awesome if you're looking to develop any new Linux based device on a platform they support. It'll make your life that much easier. Thanks, Canonical!



21 October 2011