Ubuntu continues to bet on Free Hardware and especially the Internet of Things, a technology that has a great future. That’s why Canonical and Ubuntu have created Ubuntu Core, a version of Ubuntu focused on these platforms. Ubuntu recently announced the release of Ubuntu Core for the Bubblegum-96 board. These types of plates are built by uCRobotics.
Bubblegum-96 is an SBC board, That is, a board similar to Raspberry Pi that can work as a miniPC although we can also use it as the brain of any gadget to make it smarter or connect to the internet.
Bubblegum-96 has a 1.8 Ghz S900 quadcore processor, 2 GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. In addition the board has wifi connection, bluetooth and a GPIO port. Bubblegum-96 has a usb port 2 and a usb 3.0, it also has an expansion of the GPIO which will allow us to use it as an IDE port for internal storage.
Bubblegum-96 will use snap packages although you will also be able to use deb packages
The connection to the monitor must be made with a microHDMI port, unlike other SBC boards such as Raspberry Pi. But contrary to this, Bubblegum-96 has the reset button and the power button.
For this board, Ubuntu has created a special version, A version of Ubuntu Core that will work not only current packages but also snap packages, Which is making Linux devices work just as well on a desktop computer as these, or even better.
Unfortunately, for those who want to replace their old computer with this board, the price will not accompany. While a Raspberry Pi 3 costs $ 35, the board Bubblegum-96 costs $ 89, A higher price than normal but it must be acknowledged that the power of Bubblegum-96 is greater than the power of Raspberry Pi, although you can always create a cluster and match Bubblegum-96 Don’t you believe?