A few hours ago, Canonical chief official from the Twitter account @ubuntu the release of its sixth version Long Term Support, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). The new version comes with many new features, one of which has to do with how to deliver updates. If you’ve been following us throughout today, you’ll know I’m referring to the packages snap. Reactions to the release of the latest version of Canonical’s operating system and the possibility of delivering the snaps has not been long in coming and we already know software that will use them: Firefox.
Mozilla has announced in its official blog, An entry that they have also used to announce that they have renewed their partnership with Canonical, which means that their will be Ubuntu’s default browser for a few more years. It seems that both Canonical and Mozilla have thought of the maxim of computing that says “if something works, don’t touch it.”
Firefox will remain Ubuntu’s default browser
As for being available as a package snap, What will users notice? So far, Canonical has delivered the latest version of Firefox to supported versions of Ubuntu a few days after its release, sometimes though rarely on the same day. From the moment they start delivering it like snap, Users we will receive the update on the same day, Whenever we use the Xerial Xerus version or later.
To give you an idea, how many times have we posted that a software update is available and said it’s not in the default Ubuntu repositories yet? We sometimes warn that a beta is available, which has nothing to do with it, but when the release is official we have three options: wait for it to be included in the repositories, add the repository manually, and update or download the .deb package (or as offered) to install manually as well. These problems will be a thing of the past when the snaps be standardized.
The bad thing is that to start installing these snaps we will still have to wait a little longer. Mozilla says in the same blog entry that they will have the first package snap at the end of this year. In any case, I think the wait will be worth it.