Question regarding redistribution of ubuntu-core

Mark Shuttleworth mark at
Sat May 14 20:57:42 UTC 2016

Hi Jian

You don't need an agreement with Canonical to ship an Ubuntu Core image,
just make sure it uses the standard unmodified OS snap. This is because,
since the os-snap is unmodified, users can validate that it's exactly as
if they downloaded it from Ubuntu, so we are happy for devices to ship
without a private agreement with the manufacturer. In future, if you
decide you want us to certify the device, we offer that as a service.
But you don't need to certify a device to ship it with Ubuntu Core. This
is a major difference between Ubuntu Core and classic (deb-based) Ubuntu


On 13/05/16 12:29, Zygmunt Krynicki wrote:
> I'm now working on the new image creation tool. You can use all the
> existing tooling for now but keep in mind that we will switch to the
> tool I'm working on (which is just better and far more flexible) as
> soon as it is ready.
> You will have more influence over the resulting disk image and also
> more freedom in bootloader organization. I will share more details
> about this next week.
> Best regards
> ZK
> On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Oliver Grawert <ogra at> wrote:
>> hi,
>> On Fr, 2016-05-13 at 19:28 +0200, Jian LUO wrote:
>>> Hi list,
>>> Say I want to ship my commercially available hardware with a snappy
>>> image consisting of my gadget snap,  a tailored kernel and the
>>> unmodified ubunto-core.canonical OS snap. Do I need an
>>> agreement/license from canonical to do so?
>> the os snap is generated fully from opensource software that lives in
>> the ubuntu archive, as long as your image creation happened by using
>> the official image creation tool and the ubuntu-core snap came
>> unmodified from the snap store there should be no extra permission
>> needed IMHO ....
>> but i am indeed not a lawyer :)
>> ciao
>>         oli
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