5 Linux based Operating Systems Best Suited For IoT Innovations

by Wrik Sen    Oct 27, 2016

Linux IoT


The world of Open Source is where the changes are taking place,perhaps even more rapidly than the mainstream technical world. It is thus no surprise, that the Ope Source is gearing up for the IoT space, even further than mainstream technology which is still largely trying to familiarize to the new technologies. With compaies also looking to the future, and the space of IoT for growth, it is thus an eventuallity that the world of Linux has something for the segment, more specifically the OS.

Enterprise decision makers, especially the CTO and CIO, and the IT team need to decide on the right OS for their IoT based product, in order to bring in effectiveness, feasibility, and customer experiences. With the plethora of options out there, esepcially with Linux, there needs to be some insight as to which would be the most appropriate options for the tech bosses to pick, when creating their IoT based product or service.

- Rasbian

If the name rings a bell, this quick maturing OS in the world of Linux, is actually an option for the Raspberry Pi systems, and targeted towards the IoT ecosystem. It remains a prime choice for those looking to do any DIY projects, and is well suited for the IoT ecosystems. There are also numerous tutorials on offer to help with guidance. With the latest support of the Node Red support, which is a visual designing tool for Node-JS, it supposed to become even more friendly for those looking to make inroads in the IoT space.

- Brillo

This is a comparatively lightweight, Android based OS, which has gained it’s popularity amongst a lot of hacker boards such as Intel Edison and Dragonboard 410C. The OS is dependent on the Google Weave protocol, which allows it work well on low specifications, such as 32MB RAM and 128 MB flash. It thus allows for discovery, provisioning, authentication functions to take place through the protocol.

- Tizen

Tizen is best known for being the OS on a select few of the Samsung handsets. Also supported by the Linux Foundation, this OS is also widely being used in a a lot of the Smart devices from Samsung, including the new Gear S3, Smart TV, and SmartThings smart homecare system. As it happens, the OS can work wonderfully well with the Raspberry Pi systems, as well, which means at some point, there would be some developer focused developments in it as well.

- Huawei LiteOS

Huawei’s LiteOS is often confused with the Unix version, but is actually based on Linux. This OS is known for its lean structure, and is deployable as a kernel as small as 10KB. It can also be based on MCUs other than Android compatible application processors. The other features which makes this OS well known in the open source world, are the zero configurations, auto-networking, auto-discovery, faster booting, and also real-time operations, and extensive wireless support, even for LTE and networking formats.

- Ostro Linux

This Yocto-project based Linux distro became known in the tech world recently, when Intel chose its Intel Joule module, where it runs the latest quad-core Atom T5700 SoC. The OS is known to be IoT complaint, offers a sensor framework, and supports numerous wireless technologies. There is also major focus on security for IoT, provides device, application, and data level protections such as Cryptography and MAC as well.