The Raspberry Pi 2, announced Monday, looks set to be a focal point for the internet-of-things (IoT) development efforts of both Microsoft and Canonical – both will be providing free operating systems for the low-cost device.
Because the $35 quad-core computer is based on the ARMv7 architecture, it is powerful enough to run the recently-announced Ubuntu Core, a lightweight version of the popular Linux distribution that will work across drones, robots, smart devices and home hubs. That much was clear from the specs – earlier Raspberry Pis used unsuitable architecture – and the Ubuntu Core image for Raspberry Pi 2 is already available, but the news that a free version of Windows 10 will also run on the device is more of a surprise.
In a Monday blog post, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton wrote:
For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring…
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