An anonymous reader points us to a report on Neowin: Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, has announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) will come with support for the snap packaging format and tools. As a result, end users will get more up-to-date apps, something that proved tricky in the past due âoethe complexity of packaging and providing updates,â which prevented updates to some apps being delivered. Snaps will make the Ubuntu platform more unified, developers will more easily be able to create software for PC, Server, Mobile, or IoT devices. The other major benefit of snaps is that that they’re more secure than software installed through deb packages. Snaps are isolated from the rest of the system, meaning that malware packaged with a snap won’t be able to affect your Ubuntu installation.
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