Ubuntu 24.04 will also use the Thunderbird snap package by default

Thunderbird as snap on Ubuntu 24.04

Mozilla He launched in January Firefox 122 and among its new features we could read that there is a new DEB package for users of distributions based on Debian/Ubuntu. The company even published an article with 4 reasons to try the new package, and among them we find that it is 100% built by Mozilla and has better performance. I think I'm not wrong when I say that there are quite a few who, knowing that there are options, prefer to avoid the snap package, but Canonical continues with its path and in Ubuntu 24.04 It is planned include another important one.

Until now, users who wanted to could install Thunderbird as snap, but it was a repackaging of the binaries upstream. After some time trying, the new version is built from source, and this will allow versions to be created for architectures other than AMD64. The first thing that comes to mind is that it will be available for the Raspberry Pi in the ARM version of Ubuntu.

“The Thunderbird snap has been repackaging the upstream binaries until now. I've spent some time recently redoing the packaging and building from source instead (mainly reusing what the Firefox snap is doing). Building from source code will allow us to build on other architectures besides amd64 and make snap more compatible with Ubuntu standards.

Ubuntu 24.04 will arrive in April with more snaps

These changes are already present in the beta that can be installed with the command:

sudo snap install --beta Thunderbird

Those who already have the Thunderbird snap package installed can upgrade to the beta with sudo snap refresh.

It's unclear if this package will be as hog-hogging as Firefox's. That is, Firefox is installed by default as a snap, and if we want to use the DEB we have to do so by adding a repository and writing several commands so that it gives preference to the latter, or else it will reinstall the snap with each update. If it is, those who don't want the snap package will have to do the same, but at the moment Mozilla does not offer Thunderbird in its repository.

Ubuntu 24.04 will arrive in April, and rumors are circulating that there will be an immutable version of Canonical's system. Immutable systems give less freedom of movement and installations, but this prevents the operating system from breaking. Improving Thunderbird's snap package is a step in the right direction, at least for this option.


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