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A new tool 'unsnap' helps you move from Snaps to Flatpaks

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Want to migrate over from Snaps to Flatpaks on your Linux machine? Well, unsnap is a new tool in the early stages that will help you do just that. Developed by Alan Pope, who previously worked for Canonical and was an advocate for Snap packages, it's certainly an eyebrow raising move.

The idea is simple: to allow you to quickly and easily migrate from Snap to Flatpak applications. Done over a two-stage process, it allows you to "view and/or edit the scripts prior to execution to validate or tweak them".

Right now, it's considered to be in the "Pre-alpha" stage, so not for production machines but eventually it could prove to be quite useful.

An example shot from Pope on the GitHub page:

Considering how popular Flatpak has become (especially with it used on the Steam Deck), it's not a big surprise to see something like this come along.

There's a lot more info on the GitHub.

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starpollo 5 Apr
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Bold move from the old snap advocate! He must have gotten real sick of the cool-aid I guess?
Boldos 5 Apr
Ummmm, not really.
Thanks, but no.
tuubi 5 Apr
Quoting: starpolloBold move from the old snap advocate! He must have gotten real sick of the cool-aid I guess?
Or maybe he was just doing his job as a Canonical employee.
randyl 5 Apr
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: starpolloBold move from the old snap advocate! He must have gotten real sick of the cool-aid I guess?
Or maybe he was just doing his job as a Canonical employee.
Does Canonical have their employees host official/paid company projects on their personal github repos? That seems strange doesn't it?

I noticed it is using the permissive MIT license. Does Canonical use MIT a lot or just in a few cases? I would have expected GPL or LGPL from this.


Last edited by randyl on 5 April 2022 at 4:34 pm UTC
CatKiller 5 Apr
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Quoting: randylDoes Canonical have their employees host official/paid company projects on their personal github repos? That seems strange doesn't it?
He no longer works for Canonical.
damarrin 6 Apr
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Yesterday I was upgrading Ubuntu on an old Core 2 Duo machine with a mechanical laptop drive.

I wasn't surprised that it took 2 mins to boot, though suspend is rock-stable there so it'll rarely be a problem. But FF takes almost 40 seconds to start. Because it's a snap. I didn't have time to switch to FF from the repos, but do you know what I think about snaps and Canonical's decision to make FF one? I think you do.
Rather predictable (and sad) that certain content creators would use Popey's former employer and job title to stoke the format wars. This is why I've pulled away, almost completely, from linux "content creators" recently. Those details are irrelevant, the man is simply putting out a tool that some people might find useful.

Before making a video, podcast or tweeting on the topic scroll to the bottom of the GitHub page and read the small note he left.


Last edited by LibertyPaulM on 6 April 2022 at 2:15 pm UTC
CatKiller 6 Apr
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Quoting: damarrindo you know what I think about snaps and Canonical's decision to make FF one?
Mozilla's decision.
damarrin 6 Apr
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Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: damarrindo you know what I think about snaps and Canonical's decision to make FF one?
Mozilla's decision.

From what I read, Mozilla asked for it, but Canonical made the decision to do it (as they would, since they're trying to promote snaps). Thank fsck there's choice and I'm on Fedora now.
Quoting: starpolloBold move from the old snap advocate! He must have gotten real sick of the cool-aid I guess?

Yeah he actually did. Much of that being to do with poor management and leadership.
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