Linux News Today: Ubuntu Will Not Abandon DEB Packaging in Favor of Snappy, Says Mark Shuttleworth
In a recent interview with the Sean Michael Kerner from ServerWatch, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, reveal some of the highlights of the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system.
At the beginning of the video interview, which you can watch entirely on the SeverWatch website, Mark Shuttleworth talks about how Ubuntu 15.10 paves the way to the next LTS (Long-Term Support) version of the OS, Ubuntu 16.04.
Then, the Ubuntu leader talks about how Ubuntu Linux aims to be the perfect choice for cloud providers, offering the latest implementations of the OpenStack, LXD, and KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) software.
Live patching for the kernel will be available in Ubuntu 15.10 Server Edition later this fall, along with the beginning of the implementation of the desktop experience for Ubuntu Phones, the convergence of the Unity 8 interface, which will be fully Snappyfied in the near future.
When asked if Snappy will replace DEB packaging in Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth revealed the fact that both of them will be available, as the way to collaborate with each other is through .deb packages. This means that Snappy packages can be created without first building DEBs.
“We build Snappy out of the built debs, so we can’t build Snappy unless we first build the deb,” said Mark Shuttleworth in the video interview. “Going forward every six months, we’re still gonna get an archive full of DEBs.”
Canonical will not abandon DEB packages in favor of Snappy ones
According to Mr. Shuttleworth, the rumors about Snappy replacing DEB packages in upcoming Ubuntu releases reported by the press are completely incorrect. So, Canonical will not abandon DEB packages in favor of Snappy ones!
Therefore, in a Snappy Ubuntu system, users will get a container full of .deb packages. So we should think of Snappy as a layered packaging system that includes DEBs. That’s how future Ubuntu operating systems will work.