Snaps are a universal application packaging system with which Ubuntu wants to create a new standard within the Linux community, because thanks to this system different applications can be run within any distribution that offers support for Snap, such as Fedora or Arch Linux.
In this article we want to talk about a few applications that can already be installed using snaps, something that is already possible since Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrived and that only requires a command to be able to take advantage of it.
Snaps are an integral part of Canonical’s current philosophy for Ubuntu, especially after the South African company announced that it was going to focus on them after leaving out convergence and Ubuntu Touch. Its impact on the community for now is difficult to measure, although we assume that in the future it will surely be much greater.
How to find and find snaps on Ubuntu
Before commenting on which applications can be installed already through the snaps, it is worth noting the use of this feature . Everything works through the terminal, but it really is very simple. First, you can see a list of all available packages with this command:
sudo snap find
If what you want to find is a specific package, then run the following command:
sudo snap find package-name
On the other hand, if you are interested in finding a package through its descriptions and precise terms, then you will have to execute this instruction:
snap find | grep search-term
Once you have found what you are looking for, then you can proceed to install the package itself with the following order:
sudo snap install package-name
Anatine, an interesting Twitter client
Anantine is a Twitter client for the desktop that incorporates the web version of the microblogging social network with a few extras. According to its developers is more or less the same app that can be found in GitHub, but with a few handles.
For example, the Anatine snap not display the avatar of the user account , which to perform tasks like editing the profile is quite complicated. Other functions, such as keyboards, work perfectly.
To install Anatine as a snap, use the following command:
sudo snap install anatine
HexChat, the main IRC client of Linux
Maybe the most veteran (or geeks) remember those years of IRC, that desktop program that allowed us to connect to a network of chats to communicate with other people. In Linux the IRC protocol is not dead, and one example of this is that in the main distros you can find HexChat as the default client.
HexChat offers an interface written in GTK +, support for plugins, the ability to connect to multiple servers and channels and open them in individual windows, spell checking, notifications and much more. Use this command to install HexChat:
sudo snap install hexchat
Telegram, the alternative to WhatsApp
I must acknowledge that I use Telegram on a daily basis to communicate with friends, co-workers and family members. For me, I can not miss any of my PCs or any of the operating systems I use every day for my work. It’s a must-have app for me.
If it is for you, it can also be installed as a snap . To do this, simply open a terminal and execute the following command:
sudo snap install telegram-latest
VLC, the off-road vehicle
VLC is one of the most popular multimedia players that can be found on the market today. It is versatile, works well and can with virtually anything. It is a multiplatform solution that can be found in the main districts, and which can now be achieved as a Snap.
To install VLC, open a terminal and execute this command :
sudo snap install vlc
Atom, a great code editor
When we published the article listing the differences between IDEs and code editors, one of the programs we stopped at was Atom, a powerful and opensource editor that many developers (and even online publishers) use every day around the world.
Atom could be got for Ubuntu as DEB package so far, although it can already be downloaded as a snap . To do this execute the following command in a terminal:
sudo snap install atom --classic
Corebird, a popular Twitter client
Corebird is another Twitter client for Ubuntu written using GTK. In it we will find all the key features, such as tweet, share images, follow and stop following user accounts, direct messages and clickable hashtags.
To install the Corebird snap open a terminal and execute the following command:
sudo snap install corebird
Kodi, the most popular multimedia center
Although the Kodi addons community is being peppered with some controversy over the last few weeks, that does not mean that this multimedia center is not one of the most valued by users when it comes to viewing their favorite content.
Its functionality ** is still the best ** that can offer a program of its features to this day, so it is always worth giving it a try. To install Kodi as a Snap opens a terminal and executes this command:
sudo snap install kodi --edge