Snaps Coming To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus
The excitement was at a maximum when news first broke out about Canonical’s upcoming operating system. The beta builds that followed were extensively installed by many as enthusiasts that were eager to test the huge improvements reported to come with the Xenial Xerus Operating system.
The company announced today it is done yet with the addition of a unique new feature to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
If you are an avid follower of Canonical news, you will be familiar with Snaps as it is the company’s innovative program aimed at the Snappy core Ubuntu Operating system for the Internet of things (IoT) and embedded devices.The system uses a fast speedway of looking for packages and installing them and the entire program was created using the Snapcraft Snappy Creator Tool.
Now Canonical said it will be adding the software to the final version of the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). This means users can install a software in its entirety via Snaps as soon as it is available in the upstream.
“The security mechanisms in snap packages allow us to open up the platform for much faster iteration across all of our flavors as snap applications are isolated from the rest of the system. Users can install a snap without having to worry whether it will have an impact on their other apps or their system,” said Olli Ries, VP Engineering Ubuntu Client Platform, Canonical.
Snaps will not only be a snappy way of installing apps on Ubuntu, it also promises to help app developers with the problems they faced on the previous versions of the OS when it was hard to include projects in the main software repositories or update the ones that already exist usually due to missing dependencies.
The company also said that with the use of Snaps, users will be able to migrate older apps from older versions of the Ubuntu Operating systems that are in the .deb format to Snaps. Canonical said it hopes to closely work with the Ubuntu Linux community as it intends to use Snaps as its default format.
“While this is a major new capability for the Ubuntu community, it’s not a break with our heritage. All of the tens of thousands of applications and packages in .deb format will continue to be supported in 16.04 and beyond, and deb archives, in particular, will continue to be available for all to use and distribute software,” added Mr. Ries.