The Orange Pi community gets a snap store
|Christian Hargrave in IoT Monday, March 20, 2017|
Shenzhen Xunlong Software partners with Canonical to build the Orange Pi App Store.
Applications in the store are formatted as snaps, the universal Linux application packaging format. With snaps developers can distribute their application in a secure, confined package bundled with all its dependencies, so users can install applications that could take half an hour to install in just a few seconds.
Their new app store uses the white label app store offering from Canonical, which lets them distribute applications to the community under its own brand. The store is a place for developers to share their Orange Pi specific applications. It also benefits from the wealth of applications available in the Ubuntu snap store, also available through the store. The community has already contributed 100s of snaps in the Ubuntu snap store, ranging from server to desktop and IoT applications, thus matching the variety of use cases for the Orange Pi family of boards.
“This new app store is much more than an easy way for Orange Pi owners to find and install great applications. Orange Pi is a powerful set of tools for developers enabling them to go much faster from development to production with CI integration, cross-platform building and beta distribution. As long as you have dreams, we could assist you to realize it in our way” said Steven Zhao, the CEO of Xunlong.
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The Orange Pi is based on a quad-core 64 bit ARM Cortex A7 Allwinner SoC. It is available in several models from the entry level Orange Pi Zero to the 2Gb of RAM Orange Pi Plus 2. This variety means device manufacturers can choose the most appropriate board for their device while benefiting from software and hardware compatibility at development time.
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