Among Linux distributions, Ubuntu has a fairly sterling reputation as a proven operating system that developers can build around. Just witness the fact that more than half of OpenStack deployments are being built on Ubuntu, according to the OpenStack Foundation. Google's Chrome OS is also built around many core operating system technologies from the Canonical team.
Years ago, the Canonical team launched a stripped down version of the Ubuntu core aimed at embedded systems. And now, with container farms as the targets, the Ubuntu team is out with a new “snappy” version of Ubuntu Core. This minimalist take on Ubuntu can also serve Docker deployments and platform-as-a-service environments.