The trouble with Ubuntu Snaps, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu derivatives.

Yup! Snaps are BAD NEWS. Supposedly a way to make packages “distro agnostic,” the real problem is this resource-hogging, space-wasting constantly-running daemon.

BaronHK's Rants

(I posted this as a comment on another blog. I’ll re-post it here, with some tweaks.)

I tried to use Snaps when I was experimenting with Ubuntu a few years ago. These are the major problems with it.

Server-side is proprietary and nobody else can run one.

snapd is a scandal. It’s extremely bloated and always running, even if the user never installs a snap.

When I tried to install some Snaps, including GZDoom (which is really a good program and available as a Flatpak, which actually runs), many of them failed to work at all on Kubuntu and I was told that this “universal” package was failing to load for some reason because I was using KDE as my desktop environment.

Ubuntu has let in cryptominer malware at least once. This is right after I argued with Alan Pope (popey) on Reddit that malware would happen eventually if…

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