Snaps are software packages which can be installed and run on any Linux distribution which supports the Snap software. The Snap packages are portable and bundle their dependencies, which reduces reliance on the operating system's default libraries. Bundling dependencies can make Snap packages quite large, but this may be changing for packaged GNOME applications. Experimenting at the Ubuntu Rally has reduced Snap packages down to less than 20% of their original size. "At Ubuntu Rally we put Snaps on a snapdiet. GNOME Calculator Snap is down from 17.4MiB to 1.6MiB. gedit is down from 26.3MiB to 3.3MiB." This will make downloading and installing new Snap packages faster and reduce disk space requirements.
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