The Linux MintMonthly News post was published this week and, along with some discussion on desktop improvements, there was a lengthy commentary on Snap packages. "I've been invited to participate by the Snap developers and I'm hoping one day we'll be able to integrate snap into Linux Mint. Although I'm worried about the impact on the market, I think snap could work both as a client and a file format, if it didn't lock us into a single store. You might wonder why I'm so outspoken about this all of a sudden. There's a certain sense of urgency which demands action on our side. Ubuntu is planning to replace the Chromium repository package with an empty package which installs the Chromium snap. In other words, as you install APT updates, Snap becomes a requirement for you to continue to use Chromium and installs itself behind your back. This breaks one of the major worries many people had when Snap was announced and a promise from its developers that it would never replace APT." The newsletter goes on to compare some aspects of how Flatpak and Snap work. The topic of 32-bit support and Mint's commitment to maintaining 32-bit packages for future releases is also covered.
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