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Desktop achieves simplicity through snaps

By Sarah Dickinson on 11 December 2017

Switching to snaps, Rocket.Chat has been able to get its product into the hands of users with as few steps as possible, switching a multi-stage set-up process for a single command and instant installation.


Snaps & automatic updates prove popular with email client, Mailspring

By Sarah Dickinson on 5 December 2017

In the latest interview with a snap developer, we spoke to Ben Gotow who is the lead maintainer of Mailspring, a free, modern email client for Linux, Windows, and macOS. Originally started and open-sourced by Nylas in California, Ben took…


Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: December 1, 2017

By Will Cooke on 1 December 2017

GNOME GNOME Disk Utility If you have snaps installed and open the Disks utility, your snaps appear as loop devices. We found this to be confusing and a bit messy, so we have proposed a fix upstream and this should be merged soon. Theme The…


Announcing snapcraft 2.35

By Sergio Schvezov on 22 November 2017

The snapcraft team is pleased to announce that version 2.35 has been released. Contributions This release saw some excellent contributions from outside the snapcraft core team, and we want to give a shout out to those folks. A team thank…


How to turn your website into a desktop app

By David Callé on 15 November 2017

Turning your website into a desktop integrated app is a relatively simple thing to do, but distributing it as such and making it noticeable in app stores is another story. This tutorial will show you how to leverage Electron and snaps to…


Dell Precision Machines Available With Ubuntu Pre-Installed

By Canonical on 14 November 2017

Looking for a new PC with Ubuntu pre-installed? We thought we’d run through the latest Dell Precision computers that come pre-installed with Ubuntu. These are systems developed by and for developers, and are available in form factors…


Ubuntu Desktop Weekly, Nov 3rd & 10th: Bionic daily images available

By Will Cooke on 10 November 2017

  The big news this week is the availability of Bionic daily ISOs. As always, we’re beavering away on the desktop: GNOME We’ve started a conversation on the GNOME mailing list to talk about locking down extensions which are part of a…


Top snaps in October: IntelliJ IDEA, MuseScore and more

By David Callé on 7 November 2017

Hot on the heels of the Ubuntu 17.10 release, the snap store has seen some great additions for musicians with MuseScore, for developers with IntelliJ IDEA, and many more! Let’s have a look at our october selection: 1. MuseScore…


Canonical joins GNOME Foundation Advisory Board

By Will Cooke on 1 November 2017

As you’re no doubt aware, the default Ubuntu desktop is now running GNOME Shell following the 17.10 release and so we naturally have a great deal of interest in the plans and direction of the GNOME project. The best way for us to get…


MAAS 2.3.0 beta 3 released!

By Canonical on 31 October 2017

Hello MAASters! I’m happy to announce that MAAS 2.3.0 Beta 3 has now been released and it is currently…


Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: GNOME Fixes & New Snaps

By Will Cooke on 27 October 2017

I’ll be starting the weekly round-up posts again now that the release is out and 18.04 is getting under way. At this early stage in the development cycle we’re spending a week or so tidying up the loose ends from 17.10, SRUing the…


Ubuntu Core and snaps for easy IoT deployment

By Sarah Dickinson on 26 October 2017 has grown to over 10,000 registered users, but with such growing demand, they needed a quicker way to deliver their systems and applications. With a philosophy of using flexible and open technologies, discovered snaps…