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Yocto vs Ubuntu (performance)

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Hi all,

I was wondering if there any noticeable pros/cons using the Yocto OS over Ubuntu 16.04? More specifically, I'm interested in whether the pre-built Yocto OS is better in terms of energy consumption, processing overhead, etc for the Aero RTF.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Andrew
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Hello Andrew,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in our Intel products.

 

 

Regarding the power consumption, we haven't tested it yet but since most of the power consumption comes from the motors, you shouldn't be concerned over the energy consumption from the OS. The processing overhead wouldn't be affected either.

Intel is shipping Intel Aero (RTF Drone and Compute Board) with Yocto linux preinstalled and you should download and flash the updated version of this image (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup details here) to update the hardware when you receive it. This Yocto build is preconfigured and highly customized for Intel Aero.

In parallel to this Intel supported Yocto image, full native Ubuntu* with Intel drivers are now verified by Intel (as user installation). Intel is providing documentation and packages to let you install Ubuntu yourself, manually. We do NOT provide a prepackaged and customized version of Ubuntu. Compared to Yocto, Ubuntu can be interesting for rapid prototyping and software development.

Yocto for a Ready-To-Fly experience or Ubuntu for prototyping and development, you have the choice.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian

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Hello Andrew,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in our Intel products.

 

 

Regarding the power consumption, we haven't tested it yet but since most of the power consumption comes from the motors, you shouldn't be concerned over the energy consumption from the OS. The processing overhead wouldn't be affected either.

Intel is shipping Intel Aero (RTF Drone and Compute Board) with Yocto linux preinstalled and you should download and flash the updated version of this image (https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup details here) to update the hardware when you receive it. This Yocto build is preconfigured and highly customized for Intel Aero.

In parallel to this Intel supported Yocto image, full native Ubuntu* with Intel drivers are now verified by Intel (as user installation). Intel is providing documentation and packages to let you install Ubuntu yourself, manually. We do NOT provide a prepackaged and customized version of Ubuntu. Compared to Yocto, Ubuntu can be interesting for rapid prototyping and software development.

Yocto for a Ready-To-Fly experience or Ubuntu for prototyping and development, you have the choice.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian

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Hi Octavian,

 

 

Thanks for the confirmation. Just to be clear, the Ubuntu OS (that you support) can do everything Yocto can do (including flight)? The difference being Yocto comes pre-packaged and is therefore easier to setup.

Kind regards,

 

Andrew
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Hello Andrew,

 

 

Yes, that is correct. Yocto was designed for the Aero drone to be ready to fly out of the box, but you should have the same functionalities with Ubuntu after installing and configuring it.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
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