Canonical has been pushing forwards with the new Snappy format which offers significant benefits over their deb-based equivalents. Recently a large number of default gnome applications have been ported to Snap and some ubuntu-based distros such as KDE Neon disclosed that they “plan on adopting Snaps by default for their rolling operating system”. Unfortunately on Ubuntu Desktop the situation is a bit unclear.
I was hoping to get some insights from the community/developers concerning the transition to Snaps on Ubuntu 18.04:
- Do you expect that in a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04, the snappy versions will be installed by default?
- If yes, how do you intend to handle the upgrades?
- Finally currently there is no good way to replace a deb-base package with its snappy version. To make things more complicated, not all package names on apt match extract the ones on snap. Will you offer any mechanism to replace deb programs with snaps and handle automatically the install/uninstall/import config processes?