Linux News Today: Canonical Makes It Easy for Users to Install Snaps via Ubuntu Software
We published earlier an update to an article published last week about the fact that there was a nasty bug present in the GNOME Software application that made it impossible for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users to install third-party .deb packages.
On May 4, 2016, Canonical finally pushed the patched version of the GNOME Software app, which is called Ubuntu Software in the newly released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system, allowing users to install various applications distributed in the .deb file format and obtained from third-party sources with a simple double mouse click on the file.
But that’s not all Canonical introduced in today’s update of Ubuntu Software, as Mohan Ram informs us that it is also possible to install snaps now, as in the new Snap package format invented by Canonical specifically for the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system aimed at deployments on embedded and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
However, at this moment it is only possible to install apps in the snap file format that have been submitted to the Ubuntu Snappy Store. To install a snap, all you have to do is to open Ubuntu Software, search for the respective snap (e.g. notes snap) and install it. Please note that to install and remove snaps, you’ll need an Ubuntu One account.
Ubuntu Software can now recognize apt: URLs
We took a look at the changelog for the new Ubuntu Software app pushed earlier to the stable channels of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and we can tell you that it is based on GNOME Software 3.20.1 and comes with the Snappy backend enabled, and support for recognizing apt: URLs so you can easy install third-party debs from websites.
Also new in Ubuntu Software 3.20.1 is support for viewing version and size information for non-installed applications, and it looks like the number of displayed reviews for an app has been increased from 10 to 30. This is a pretty important update for Ubuntu Software, so we recommend that you install it on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system as soon as possible.