Snaps is a fancy new package format for Linux which allows applications to be shipped which run on pretty much any Linux distro. This nicely solves one of the headaches with shipping software for Linux, that you have to package it a dozen times using a dozen different methods to get anyone to be able to install it.
The format and host for Snaps is made using Ubuntu and developed by KDE patron Canonical.
We have been working on building Snaps from the KDE neon builders for some time and they’re now at a quality where we can move them into the stable channel. (Snap software gets hosted in channels depending on the risk you want to take, others being candidate, beta and edge.)
If you’re a Plasma user you can use Discover to install the Snaps, but of course they work equally well on other desktops with other package managers or using the snap command.
This month the Snap team are highlighting KDE’s stable Snaps on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Here’s what we’ve seen so far:
KTurtle ? is an educational programming environment from #KDE for #Linux. It features intuitive syntax highlighting, simple error messages, an integrated drawing canvas, slow-motion, and step execution.— Snapcraft (@snapcraftio) February 11, 2019
snap install kturtlehttps://t.co/G8kdvKpSwq pic.twitter.com/LHUz7ZDrOm
Do you feel puzzled? No reason for that. Palapeli is a single-player jigsaw puzzle game from #KDE. Freely movable pieces, real persistency, and fun.— Snapcraft (@snapcraftio) February 8, 2019
snap install palapelihttps://t.co/cqaYoxy7PZ pic.twitter.com/8ozb1cNWud
Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program ?. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone ?? ?? . The latest version of Krita, built on #KDE is now available as a snap.— Snapcraft (@snapcraftio) February 6, 2019
snap install kritahttps://t.co/Au9DzKKXbc pic.twitter.com/tfCoRF0WYZ
Remotely view and control your systems with the latest KRDC from #KDE. Supporting VNC and RDP protocols, this open source client for #Linux can connect to Windows Terminal Servers ? and many other platforms ?. Now available as a snap!— Snapcraft (@snapcraftio) February 4, 2019
snap install krdchttps://t.co/P1xtLZPiaV pic.twitter.com/S7j637W69S
A month of #KDE in snaps: Eyes on the files, please! Okular is a universal document viewer, with annotations, bookmarks, support for PDF, PS, DVI, EPub, and many other formats.— Snapcraft (@snapcraftio) February 1, 2019
snap install okularhttps://t.co/u8VvmEPQ92 pic.twitter.com/uATXtiCN7u
There’s still plenty of KDE apps that need tweaks before they can go in the Snap stable channel. If you’re an app maintainer then come and talk to us (in #kde-neon probably) about how your app can be distributed. We plan on doing some automated QA so they don’t need manual review before publishing and before long hopefully we can move much of the build details into the app repo rather than the KDE neon repo.