Ubuntu Snap apps now available on multiple Linux distros
It looks like we will soon be asking questions like "do you remember the days when we still used yum and apt?". Well we are not quite there yet, but the container space is getting more and more exciting after the announcement that Ubuntu snap packages will now work on multiple Linux distros.
Snap is Canonical's version of Docker's container-style apps. It was originally released to make app installation in Ubuntu easier. It is now available on Arch, Debian & Fedora with CentOS, Mint & OpenSUSE (to name a few) coming soon. In short, a 'snap' is a new package format which will work on any Linux distribution. Snap apps are isolated from each other which makes it much easier to update and roll back versions. Because of the isolation, it also increases security.
Popular snaps include apps like Owncloud, htop, Freecad & Apache just to name a few. There are currently 240 "snappy apps" available (at the time of writing this post) on uApp but this is growing at a rapid rate!
Initiatives like these will continue to bridge the gap between the various Linux distros out there. I will release a tutorial shortly to demonstrate how easy it is to install a snap.