Canonical announced this morning that they have partnered with ASUS IoT, the division of ASUS focused on providing “Internet of Things” hardware, to certify Ubuntu Linux for their devices.
ASUS IoT and Canonical partnered to see that their boards and systems will be certified for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (yes, 20.04 LTS and not yet the latest 22.04 LTS) for IoT/edge computing use-cases. The first ASUS device to be certified is the PE100A that is a “intelligent edge computer” powered by an NXP i.MX8M SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of eMMC storage. ASUS’ documentation promotes the device as supporting Yocto Linux while Ubuntu Server is also mentioned on their technical sheets.
The PE100A is being certified for both Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu Core 20. Other ASUS IoT devices to come that will be certified and pre-loaded (option) for Ubuntu Linux.
More details for those interested in the partnership can be found on Ubuntu.com. This arrangement appears similar to the likes of Canonical and DFI that have also collaborated for support and certification on the IoT/edge front.