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blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3766

Interesting thoughts about snap and how it might be dangerous

Apparently Canonical is replacing the chromium package with a pointer to the chromium snap???

"as you install APT updates, Snap becomes a requirement for you to continue to use Chromium and installs itself behind your back. This breaks one of the major worries many people had when Snap was announced and a promise from its developers that it would never replace APT"

Wow. That's pretty bad...

@Matter I wonder if they might end up eventually dropping the Ubuntu version and just continuing with LMDE.

@blaubachn @Matter I honestly see this as a way to reduce technical debt and speed dev on core apps. I personally dont use mint but I understand why they may be doing this even if it is a bad choice. snap is a juggernaut and I suspect we will see this in other distros especially the official flavors too

@davidmcdougal @Matter It does that, but at a great cost. Snap is centralized, and controlled by Canonical. It also duplicates dependencies. The biggest issue though is how it discourages modifications: "You can’t modify, rebuild, pin, patch, mirror a snap, you’re not supposed to."

I think snap is great as a choice, but I personally don't like using them, and I don't agree with the decision to install it when a user is trying to use apt.

@blaubachn @Matter This is also one of the reasons I switched to Fedora and Solus and am using Flatpaks and AppImages.

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