A shiny new version of snapd, the service that powers Canonical’s ‘Snap’ packaging format, is now available.
If you’re busy using Snappy then much of what’s new will be of interest, including new commands to ‘buy’, ‘find –private’, ‘disable’ and ‘revert’.
An overview of the new commands:
snap find --privatelets you see snaps that have been shared with you privately
snap buyoffers you a choice of payment backends for non-free snaps
snap disableallows you to disable specific snaps
snap revertallows you to revert a snap to its previous installed version
snap refreshcommand now works with snaps installed in devmode
All useful for Snap addicts.
Other changes in Snapd 2.11 include
- Graceful handling of broken snaps using
- Default confinement policy now includes access to /usr/bin/locale
- New ‘hardware-observe’ interface to let snaps read hardware info
Like what you hear? Snapd 2.11 is rolling out to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users right now through Software Updater.
If you (somehow) don’t have it installed just open a new Terminal and run:
sudo apt install snapd
A growing selection of applications are being made available in the new packaging format, with LibreOffice 5.2, VLC and Telegram among them.