Snapd 2.0.10 Snappy Tool Heading Over to the Main Software Repo of Ubuntu Xenial Xerus

It was pretty evident that Canonical wanted to create something huge when the open-source software company first announced that work has begun on the renown Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus desktop operating system.

As news began to trickle about the kind of features that are going to be bundled with the operating system, it was clear that Canonical is looking build a full functioning ecosystem where mobile, desktop and internet of things are perfectly immersed together in one carefully moulded structure.

One of the most important and prominent technologies added to the new OS was snappy which allows both users and application developers to enjoy the full benefits of everything Ubuntu in a secure and stable environment.

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Snappy tool for Linux derivatives have been in development for a while now and it looks like the engineers at Canonical are looking to expand their reach by baking the software with distros like Fedora OS as well as Arch Linux.

Canonical first pushed the snapd 2.0.10 build to Fedora’s COPR repository, as well as the main software repo of the Arch Linux distribution, allowing users to install the tool using the “pacman -S snapd” command, not an AUR helper.

In a recent announcement, Canonical Dev Michael Vogt has announced that Snapd 2.0.10 Snappy tool from the Ubuntu Core has been successfully added to the main software repositories of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

“The Snappy team is very happy to announce that the 2.0.10 release is now available in 16.04 via ‘xenial-updates.’ The 2.0.10 release contains a number of improvements and fixes over the previous 2.0.9 release that was available before,” says Michael Vogt, Software Developer at Canonical. “We hope you like it as much as we do. If you find any issues, please let us know via http://bugs.launchpad.net/snappy.”

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Some of the beautiful features that users will be able to enjoy include three new interfaces that give snapd access to the optical device, webcam, and an external media player connected via the MPRIS (Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification) D-Bus interface.

Additionally, there’s now support for the “snap {install,refresh} –{edge,beta,candidate,stable}” shorthand, support for GVFS (GNOME Virtual File System) shares in the Home directory, temporarily allowing socketcall by default, better support for running snapd inside LXC (Linux Containers), some much-needed updates to the interface policy, and better handling of removed “snap try” directories.

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