With Snaps, complex applications are also easy to pack. Canonical has posted the new package format Snappy to other Linux distributions. The so-called snaps can now run on other distributions, making it a universally accepted accessory.
The expense for independent developers to provide their software on Linux is comparatively high because of the distribution diversity and the associated package formats. This problem is solved by Canonical’s technology Snappy, which is now also available for other Linux distributions other than Ubuntu, as the company communicates.
Therefore, the Snappy tool is now also available for Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, and Gentoo, in addition to Ubuntu. The process of making it compatible with other distributions was relatively uncomplicated, it says in the announcement. Therefore, Canonical assumes that Snappy can also be made available on other Linux distributions. At present, the technology is being tested, among other things, for Opensuse, OpenWRT, and RHEL as well as on CentOS.
Easier packages for all Linux users
The basic idea of the technology is that applications can be combined to the snap packets that bring their own libraries themselves. Such software can then be installed parallel to the traditional packages of the Linux distributions, which is especially advantageous for developers who work independently of the distributions.
On the one hand, the applications can be packaged more easily than with the classic formats, and on the other hand, this package is enough to provide the software for many different distributions. In addition, updates can be distributed to users much faster and easier than before. Officially, the project is supported, among others, by the Firefox makers, the Libreoffice-based Document Foundation, and hardware manufacturers such as Dell and Samsung.
As an alternative to Canonical-dominated snappy, Flatpak is creating a project from the Gnome community with similar goals. The KDE developers are already working to support both systems.