We already install more than 3 million Snaps per month

3M Snaps Installations

3M Snaps Installations

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was a great release. This was announced and so it was because it included interesting news, although some more than others. It was the version that promised to achieve the much dreamed of convergence, although this was eventually scrapped. It was also the first version to include support for something that was new: snaps (here!, how to manage them). The snap packages allow both application and dependencies to be all in the same package, something that makes installation faster and safer.

Three years later, it seems that the Canonical idea was a success. In an infographic of the great ones that Canonical usually publishes, the company directed by Mark Suttleworth assures that we already made more than three million snaps installations per month. It is something that does not surprise me at all, since I myself, for example, among the things I do after the installation of an operating system based on Ubuntu is to remove the version of VLC that comes with and install the version that is available as Snap. Why? Well, for example, to enjoy the huge update VLC 4 which is already developing.

Snaps are available for 42 Linux distributions

Snapcarft infographic

Snapcarft infographic

And is that snaps are all advantages over APT packages, for example. When a Linux developer wants to launch an application, he has two options: either he creates several versions for different operating systems or he makes the binaries available to us so that we can find our lives. The snap packages are available on 42 operating systems different, among which in addition to Ubuntu and all its official flavors we find Debian, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Fedora or Raspbian. In this way, it works once and can be installed on 42 systems that are compatible by default.

On the other hand and as we have mentioned on different occasions, to update an APT package it has to be delivered to Canonical and they publish them in their repositories. This makes an update take longer to reach the general public, which can be dangerous. The snap packages remove the middle man and several days of waiting.

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  1.   Juan Carlos said

    Personally, I don't use it. I don't know, it doesn't convince me, apart from that it creates a "snap" directory for me at home and I don't like that. I am one of those who use .deb packages and / or repositories, all of them snap it off my dear Ubutnu.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello, Juan Carlos. You don't like changes, like me. But this is good. Forget the detail of that folder. Think that the APT package manager or the .deb files work with dependencies and it is possible that in an update of one of them a program will stop working. That can't happen to you with the snap. It is an example of the benefits of using the new type of packages.

      A greeting.

  2.   Rock said

    Almost all the programs I use are Snap. However, they still have small details that have to be polished.
    For example: The snap of both Gimp and Inkscape do not accept "extensions", or are installed in a totally different way from the .deb version.
    The Firefox and Chormium snap shots do not let you download files directly to a pen (it is not essential but it is curious).
    Snaps programs do not integrate with the desktop "theme", some like Gimp or LibreOffice come with several cool themes but others like Inkscape and Audacity come with a theme…. too 'retro'.
    But hey, in three years ... they have advanced a lot, at the time they were only in English and now they adapt to the language of the system.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello Rock ?? I understand what you mean. I have never tried to install those extensions, but I did see that if I uninstall Firefox and install the one from the snap it is not so integrated. Firefox I leave it as it comes. But others like VLC I do delete them to put the snap. VLC 4 will be the reed and I don't want to wait to try it. It might be my library for music and everything.

      A greeting.