Snappy packages, which were introduced as an experimental technology for Ubuntu last year, will be available to Ubuntu 16.04 users later this month. The new Snappy packages can be installed alongside traditional Deb packages on Ubuntu 16.04, allowing users to install more up to date software on their long term support Ubuntu release. "Snap packages enable developers to bring much newer versions of apps to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Newer versions of KDE, GNOME, browser or other desktop environment apps will usually build easily on older LTS releases but the complexities of packaging and providing updates have prevented us from delivering them in the past. The security mechanisms in snap packages allow us to open up the platform for much faster iteration across all of our flavours 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. Similarly, developers have a much better handle on the update cycle as they can decide to bundle specific versions of a library with their app. Transactional updates make deployments of snap packages more robust and reliable." Further details on Snappy packages on Ubuntu's Desktop edition can be found in this insights post. A cheat sheet of Snappy package manager commands can be found our Package Management page.
Star Labs - Laptops built for Linux.
View our range including the Star Lite, Star LabTop and more. Available with a choice of Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Zorin OS pre-installed with many more distributions supported. Visit Star Labs for information, to buy and get support.