One side effect of using portable Snap packages to install software on Linux distributions is that the snaps can take longer to load. Some benchmakrs done on popular applications showed that a snap could have longer load times than its equivalent RPM or Deb counterpart, with snap load times ranging from about 150% to 1,000% longer. Work has been done to address this issue and users should soon see greatly improved start times. "The inclusion of fc-cache binaries in snapd 2.36.2 onwards introduces significant (2-6x) improvements in GUI application start-up times. The results are applicable for both Ubuntu and non-Ubuntu platforms. Snap users across different Linux distributions should be able to see immediate, positive differences in the loading of their snaps. The exact figures will depend on the application type, usage patterns and, to a lesser extent, the underlying hardware platform choice." Igor Ljubuncic has presented a comparison of using Snap packages versus native RPM and Deb packages across multiple distributions, before and after the performance improvements.
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