Ubuntu MATE 16.10 moves to GTK3 and adopts Snap Packages

As we told you a few days ago, the Ubuntu MAT 16.10 project has begun and the project leader himself, Martin Wimpress has revealed some curious news of what will be the next big release of Ubuntu.

Formally known as Ubuntu MAT 16.10 Yakkety Yak, the new version of the system changes its interface to the new GTK3 library. The solidity achieved by the system allows them to advance in this field and gives some scope to carry out some experimental concepts that we will see over the coming months. For now the look of the desktop will continue to be as careful in its details as before.

The turn of the system towards GTK + 3 technology will also have a negative consequence, and it is the assumption delay in launch until next October 20, 2016.

Another change that will be with the next version of Ubuntu MAT 16.10 is the use of snaps, The already known package format developed by the people of Canonical to offer applications in sandboxes for Ubuntu Linux systems. The snapshot format was already implemented by default in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, but it will be from now on when it is fully developed, as at the moment there are few applications available through this medium.

The traditional package format inherited from Debian (the .deb standard) will not be discarded for the time being, but its future is not clear, whether they will coexist on the same level or whether snaps it will be promoted as a fundamental medium within Ubuntu. As you know, packages snap they provide the latest version of the software to users, so they go up the stream. In fact, the Ubuntu MAT 16.10 desktop itself is expected to be deployed by this medium. As proof of your commitment to snaps, you already have it available the first package created by them: Galculator, The default calculator.

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