Snaps Become Universal Linux Packages, Launch On Multiple Linux Distributions
Snap packages are not an Ubuntu-only thing any more. Developers from multiple Linux distributions and companies, including Dell, Samsung, the Linux Foundation and more, announced the collaboration on the snap universal Linux package format, which allow using a single package on any Linux desktop, server, cloud or device.
“Most vendors target Ubuntu because of its popularity. […] Snaps bring those apps to every Linux desktop, server, device or cloud machine, giving users freedom to choose any Linux distribution while retaining access to the best apps”.– Mark Shuttleworth
What’s a snap package?
“Maintaining .deb packages in a private repository was complex and time consuming, snaps are much easier to maintain, package and distribute. Putting the snap in the store was particularly simple, this is the most streamlined app store I have published software in”.– Boudewijn Rempt, project lead at the Krita Foundation
“Our objective is to make LibreOffice easily available to as many users as possible. Snaps enable our users to get the freshest LibreOffice releases across different desktops and distributions quickly, easily and consistently. As a bonus, it should help our release engineers to distribute a more up-to-date LibreOffice that is not based on a bespoke, home-grown Linux build solution, using a toolchain that is collectively maintained”.– Thorsten Behrens, founder and board member of The Document Foundation
Snaps are complementary to existing Linux packages, not created to replace them
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