Ubuntu Snappy and Snap Packages | Linux Explained

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Ubuntu 16.04 was released a couple months ago and with it came a lot of interesting changes. The most interesting change for me though, is the introduction of Ubuntu Snappy on the desktop. In this video, I’m going to answer the questions “what is Ubuntu Snappy?” and “what are Snaps?”. This is Linux Explained.

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  1. snappy and flatpak and better than current package manager,but by far the most powerfull is appimage,that should be the standard everywhere on linux,you just need to download and run,to uninstall just delete there is nothing better than that,almost the same as on OSX,or even better.

  2. absolute game changer. dont get why so many linuxers rant about it. adobe, valve, ableton etc. software natively on any platform and any hardware. i cant imagine they wouldnt build snaps of their apps. especially when chrome os supports it natively, which google definitely will do, somewhen… awesome.

  3. There should be feature, to automaticly compile program. For example, you download file "FancySnake3D.compile" and then, when you run this file, it automaticly compiles for your system and your cpu architecture, and install it. If this feature would be implemented, it would be so much better, because it doesn't matter, what system you have, you still can run program.

  4. How does Snap compare to installing a program in Windows? Snaps kinda sounds like someone downloads a snap file from the Internet and installs it. Like Windows? Maybe Windows doesn't have some of the isolation features of snap, but would it be the same at least in the "download from the Internet and install" part?

  5. So, snaps are like how Apple's operating system handles applications? .app programs. If you have a relatively new version of the os all you need to do is run the program and it runs? No need to install it? Or like with Android's apk? A self contained program that works on a set of operating systems which have the needed dependencies because it is built using a predefined sdk?

  6. Follow-up thought, plenty of videos exist out there for Linux beginners in explaining what Linux is, but I've never seen a really great vid at doing some in depth explaining at all the distro families (histories, use cases, computer specs, etc.). That would be cool for those advanced users to know for curiosity sake of they don't, and also great for the newbies to know so they can choose a distro to start off on.

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