Canonical’s Snap Store — a fairly distro-agnostic solution for easily installing a wide variety of apps — is loaded up and ready to go in Linux distributions like Zorin OS and Ubuntu. It’s also supported on dozens of others including Arch, Linux Mint, Manjaro and elementary OS, provided you install the Snapd service first. Now it looks like Canonical is striving to make the entire experience more user-friendly by serving up distro-specific landing pages for every single app in the Snap Store.
They look pretty slick, too.
For example, if you want to install something like Telegram, the Snap Store is ready to serve up a unique page, complete with an appropriately colored and logo-laden background explaining how to install both the required Snapd service and the app for the distro you’re using. In the screenshot below, you’ll notice commands to pull Snapd from the AUR (Arch User Repository), enable the service and then install Telegram Desktop.
Right now it’s a little tricky to actually find these pages, but digging into the source code on GitHub shows that 11 distributions are currently supported:
- elementary OS
- KDE Neon
Canonical’s Martin Wimpress explains via Twitter that “every snap has distro specific install pages in the following URL pattern snapcraft.io/install/appname/distroname.” He says there are plans to make these customized more discoverable by adding links to the distro-specific pages at the bottom of every publisher page in the Snap Store.
Ubuntu isn’t the only game in town, so it’s awesome to see Canonical taking this extra step to cater to people using a wide variety of distributions. Sure, Snaps do that by design already, but having these visually customized installation pages makes people feel like their distro of choice is spoken for. More importantly, clean, concise instructions are always a very welcome thing.
Thanks to OMG! Ubuntu! for spotting this.
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