whobers at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 08:06:50 UTC 2018
Testing Xubuntu 18.04.
With 18.04 come snap-packages. Using "Software" to install applications
may result in installing the snap-version of the application.
Snap-versions come with artifacts which may lead to end user frustration
I know, because, well, I got some first hand frustration and questions ;-).
I came across the following:
- snap versions of applications can not get outside the user's home folder.
The result is that from within the snap-application one can't browse to
places like network folders, or other partitions. I came across this
using KeepassXC; I have the Keepass-database in a folder which is
located in a folder outside my home-folder to be able to share it
between my Xubuntu 16.04 and my Xubuntu 18.04 install. From within the
snap-Keepass I could not even "see" that folder.
Installing the deb-version of Keepass solved the problem.
- icons of snap-versions of applications can't be "seen" by parts of
The result is that in stead of the icon being shown in certain places, a
generic question-mark is shown. I came across this when I had installed
VLC through Software. When clicking the pulseaudio-plugin a menu is
shown with the applications that can be managed through the plugin-menu.
VLC was shown, but its icon was a generic question mark. The VLC icon
also did not show up in the notifier plugin, so I could not use that
icon to get to the VLC menu.
Installing the deb-version of VLC solved the problem.
- installing snap-applications will result in obsolete folders in the
home-folder of any non-english user profile.
Some snap-installs insist on generating all the standard folders like
"Videos", "Documents", "Pictures" even though they are there already
albeit in a local language. I have not used the snap-applications enough
to be able to determine if these non-local folders are also used by the
snap-applications. If so, then that would mean that documents could
possibly turn up in either the localized version or the English version
of the folder, or perhaps both. Surely a possible source for end user
- snap-applications clutter listing of block device.
Snap-applications appear to reside in block devices, named loopX (where
x is a number) of type loop. These devices show up when listing through
lsblk. This is quite a minor issue for now. But if all applications
come in snap, the list from lsblk will be cluttered with what seem to me
quite a few useless list items.
- in my experience: snap-applications are slow to start up.
Snap-technology may very well be a solution to some problem, but that
solution does not seem to be something at my side of the user experience.
I am not ranting here, mind, I am just sharing information which I hope
may be useful to others.
Also: English is not my own language.
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
loop1 7:1 0 81,6M 1 loop /snap/core/4110
loop2 7:2 0 93,5M 1 loop /snap/slack/5
loop3 7:3 0 118,4M 1 loop /snap/musescore/7
loop4 7:4 0 81,7M 1 loop /snap/core/4206
sda 8:0 0 238,5G 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 60,1G 0 part
├─sda2 8:2 0 1K 0 part
├─sda3 8:3 0 144,2G 0 part /media/shared
├─sda5 8:5 0 3,9G 0 part
└─sda6 8:6 0 30,4G 0 part /
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