Ubuntu’s Desktop NEXT Switching From .DEBs To Snappy – Good or Bad?

  • Post Updated: May 11, 2015
Ubuntu 15.04 was just released and Canonical is ready to show us some up and coming features…
This next release will finally feature a build that switches from Debian packages (.deb) to using Snappy Personal. Hmm is this good? Damn right it is, read on…Will Cooke of Canonical shared that this on his Google+ Profile:

An important notice for Ubuntu Desktop Next users

Edit: This is referring to the Desktop Next image only. The ‘normal’ image will still be debs for a long time yet. If you don’t know what the ‘desktop next’ image is then this won’t effect you.

As you’ve probably noticed, we’re about to release 15.04 Vivid Vervet and so begin work on 15.10.

Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalised, 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 (link to follow as soon as it’s available). The future is Snappy and you’ll have an image to play with Real Soon Now.

The new Ubuntu desktop starts here, and there will be loads of interesting things to work on so keep an eye on the UOS schedule and sign up to any sessions you’re interested in.”

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