Ubuntu Desktop Next To Use Snappy (Enhanced Click Packages) Packages By Default

Hello Linux Geeksters. While Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet has been released yesterday, Canonical is already making plans for the future Ubuntu systems.

There is also the Ubuntu Next system, which uses Unity 8 and Mir. Recently, Canonical has announced that the deb packages will be replaced with Snappy packages (which are based on click packages).

Ubuntu Desktop Next To Use Snappy (Enhanced Click Packages) Packages By Default

Also, there is the new Ubuntu Snappy Core system, which provides a simpler mechanism for delivering updates, via click packages.

The changes added to Ubuntu Desktop Next will be merged with the regular Ubuntu systems, starting with Ubuntu 16.04.

This is what Canonical’s Will Cooke announced on his Google+ account:

“Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalized, and will be discussed in more depth at UOS in a couple of weeks) is to have a build based on Snappy Personal and so the current .deb based Desktop Next image will be going away and will be replaced with the new Snappy version. We’ll preserve the most recent Desktop Next deb based ISO on cdimage.ubuntu.com. The future is Snappy, and you’ll have an image to play with Real Soon Now,”

According to the note on /r/Ubuntu, Canonical plans the following:

  • Replace the deb packages with Snappy packages (evolved click packages) on all the Ubuntu systems, including: Desktop, Mobile, ioT.
  • Starting with Ubuntu 16.04, two Ubuntu desktop branches will be maintained: one with debs and one with Snappy packages
  • Snappy packages are more secure and can be updated anytime, the apps not being frozen to the Ubuntu releases anymore.
  • The official flavors will still keep the deb packages (unless they decide to implement Snappy themselves), most likely keeping their system on the Ubuntu branch that still uses debs.
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