• @ILikeBoobies@lemmy.ca
      214 months ago

      Snaps are a more powerful flatpack

      Like an .exe on Windows

      They are able to do system components

      People don’t like them because the server that serves snap is closed source. Since Snaps themselves are open source they could be changed to not use Canonical but then it would be a fork

      Telemetry is sending data to the company that makes the OS, normally in Linux this is opt-in but on Ubuntu it is opt-out

      • @fakeman_pretendname@feddit.uk
        184 months ago

        The other reason for not liking Snaps is badly implemented sandboxing. Unless they’ve fixed it more recently, the Snap version of a program cannot see your USB stick, your printer, your scanner, ½ of your fonts, your 2nd internal hard drive, your custom plugins etc and it can’t connect to other software also installed on the computer.

        There’s (to my knowledge) not currently an easy system to grant access to these things - whereas Flatpak, for instance, has Flatseal, which let’s you alter the permissions of all your Flatpak programs.

        Perhaps if they’d launched Snaps with an android-like “would you like to give this program access to…” sort of thing, there’d be less of a problem.

        There is of course a chance this has all been fixed since - but I’ve certainly not heard of it happening.