Blog

Snaps Add Flexibility with Tracks

by Alan Pope on 19 July 2018

Snap packages have a rich set of features beyond getting the latest shiny on your Linux distribution. Tracks enable developers to publish multiple supported releases of their application under the same name. With this enabled, a user can switch tracks at any time to install and use an alternate supported relase of software. Within each […]

Perfectly Formed Snaps Challenge

by Alan Pope on 18 July 2018

Summer is here (sorry Southern hemisphere), and with the World Cup and Wimbledon over, it’s time for a new challenge! Background Snaps are universal Linux software packages. That means they can work anywhere, and contain anything. Whether you’re a Pythonista, a Golang developer or if C++ is your bag, Snapcraft can package your software as […]

Get productive on the Linux desktop with 7 essential apps

by Martin Wimpress on 17 July 2018

The Linux desktop is not just for people who like to mess with computers. With a wide range of enterprise class productivity and collaboration tools Linux users can enjoy computing parity with their peers and colleagues running other popular desktop computing platforms. Here are 7 apps that will boost your productivity and you’ll also fin […]

Demystifying Snap Confinement

by Alan Pope on 12 July 2018

Snaps introduce some new concepts to the Linux ecosystem which developers can take advantage of, and snap users need to appreciate. When installing a snap, it’s important to understand what parts of the system the application wants access to. It’s up to the user to decide to install (or not) a snap, and the confinement […]

6 IDEs you need to know about

by Martin Wimpress on 10 July 2018

Linux has long been a favourite platform with developers due to the rich array of languages and toolchains available. In this article we highlight 6 IDEs that can boost your productivity. Each IDE is just a Snap away so you can easily craft your complete development workstation in seconds. Here are six of the best […]

Make your Snap store page pop!

by Martin Wimpress on 5 July 2018

When you publish a Snap you want to grab the attention of as many users as possible. The Snap Advocacy team regularly review high quality, new and interesting Snaps published in the store so that we can feature them in Editor’s Picks, blog about them here or promote them via social campaigns using the @snapcraftio […]

Fresh Snaps from June 2018

by Alan Pope on 3 July 2018

It’s mid-way through the year, and we’re seeing no let-up with the flow of new snaps landing in the store, we can barely keep up! This month we’ve picked out some of our favourites from the last month or so of social posts on the Snapcraft Twitter account for you. Many are fresh new snaps […]

Zenkit: The influence of developer communities in progressing snaps

by Sarah Dickinson on 19 June 2018

Last month, Zenkit published their project management tool as a snap. For those not familiar with Zenkit, they introduced themselves in a guest blog at the time the snap was published which can be read here. Since then, we caught up with Philipp Beck, Full Stack Developer at Zenkit, to discover his opinion on snaps […]

Fresh Snaps from May 2018

by Alan Pope on 5 June 2018

Spring has sprung a bounty of applications in the snap store! We’ve hand picked a small selection from those we highlighted during May 2018. You can stay up to date with our editorial picks by following Snapcraft on Facebook where we share three new and interesting snaps a week. We’d also love to hear what […]

Offline Computing – 10 Apps for the Digital Nomad

by Alan Pope on 22 May 2018

In today’s always-connected, constantly-inturrupted world, it can often be rewarding to go offline. Disconnecting from the Internet doesn’t mean you have to buy a yurt, live on beans, and get no work done though! While there’s a ton of great apps in the Snap store which rely on a connection to function, there’s also a […]

Fresh Snaps from April 2018

by Alan Pope on 16 May 2018

In case you missed it, here are some of the snaps we featured during April 2018. Here you’ll find snaps to enhance your productivity, tools for creatives, IDEs for developers and games for the weekend. You can stay up to date with our editorial picks by following @snapcraftio on Twitter where we share three new […]

Trust and security in the Snap Store

by Canonical on 15 May 2018

Last Friday (11 May 2018) we learned that a snap was mining cryptocurrency in the background while the application was running. The practical implication of that is the overuse of local resources on a user’s system, well beyond what a typical application would use, consuming more energy than would be expected. The net effect is […]