Terminology cleanup: snaps vs. apps

Gustavo Niemeyer gustavo.niemeyer at canonical.com
Thu Jan 7 18:35:19 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 1:05 AM, Ted Gould <ted at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> I'm not driving to a particular point,

Might be useful to.. :-)

> more trying to show that the naming doesn't extend well for even these few
> cases, and we have even more on the Ubuntu phone today. We expect the
> number to grow. Certainly we can provide our own scheme for naming these
> things, and then provide a mapping to the Snap naming, but that's ugly and
> generally confusing. I'd prefer to have a terminology framework that can
> grow to handle all of the cases elegantly.

I'm proposing that all we have are applications inside snaps.. how is that
hard to extend from? Where have you shown that this doesn't apply well?

This sucks: "A Unity Application is a Snap Application that has…"

Yeah, I wouldn't write that either. I would instead say that a unity
application ships in a snap. Unity applications, command line applications,
graphic applications, service applications.. these are all applications.
You can ship any of these applications inside a snap. Seems to feel good.

gustavo @ http://niemeyer.net
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