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jeremy 06-15-2016 10:10 AM

Ubuntu’s container-style Snap app packages now work on other Linux distributions

Docker’s container-style approach to distributing and running apps on any platform has been a big boost to helping patch up some of the fragmentation in the world of Linux. Now, a new package format hopes to have the same effect for smaller apps that need to speak to each other, or simply get updated. Snaps — a packaging format Canonical introduced earlier this year to help install apps in Ubuntu — is now available for multiple Linux distributions to work across desktops, servers, clouds and devices.

A new packing format for Linux, which would have to compete with the likes of RedHat’s RPM and Debian’s deb format, only stands a chance if it’s supported by a wide range of distributions. Canonical manages to pull together a pretty impressive group of supports that include Dell, Samsung, the Linux Foundation, The Document Foundation, Krita, Mycroft, Horizon Computing, and contributors to Arch, Debian, Gentoo, OpenWrt, Ubuntu, and several of their derivative distributions. In addition, Canonical says Snaps now work natively on Arch, Debian and Fedora, as well as Ubuntu-based distros like Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Unity, and Xubuntu and are currently being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL, and are easy to enable on other Linux distributions.

Canonical itself first experimented with the idea of Snap in its own “Snappy” editions of Ubuntu, too. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, says that while Snaps were originally developed for Ubuntu (which was originally created by Canonical), he says that the community was very quick to expand it to other distributions, too.

“Today’s news is not about Ubuntu but about the fragmentation and diversity of Linux,” he told TechCrunch in an interview. “Thanks to contributions from a range of developers, Snap packages apps can now run unmodified on all major Linux distributions.”
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Have any LQ members used Snap on a distribution other than Ubuntu?


ChuangTzu 06-18-2016 04:58 PM

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bam80 09-28-2017 09:13 PM

Any news? Would love to run Snaps on Slackware :)

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