It can be frustrating when a person is running one distribution, but the software they want to use is only packaged for another Linux distribution. While it is often possible to work around the situation by compiling the desired application or connecting to additional repositories, these solutions are not ideal and can introduce other problems. Distribution agnostic package formats, like Flatpak and Snap, help the situation and make it easier to get programs created for one platform to run on another. The OMG Ubuntu website gives an example: "deepin envy is a condition afflicting Linux users who like the look of deepin Linux's apps, but don't want to switch entire distro to use then. And there's finally a cure: Snaps. Snap apps allow applications to bundle in all of their dependencies, which makes it easy for apps that typically rely on a certain set of libraries to run on distributions where those libraries are not normally available (or are, but only through additional repos and installing all sorts of junk that conflicts with your current system)." The article shows off the Deepin Music application and shares the steps to install the music player on Ubuntu-based distributions.
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