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In the news: Linux Mint Drops Snap; Lenovo Upping Their Linux Support; LPI Launches FOSSlife Website; Linux Apps on Windows; and Tuxedo Computers Joins the Ryzen Bandwagon.

Linux Mint Drops Snap

In a move that surprised many within the Linux landscape, Linux Mint (one of the most popular desktop distributions) has decided to drop support for the universal snap package system (https://snapcraft.io/).

What are snap packages? Simply put, they are a way to combine an application and all of its dependencies into a single package. By doing this, an application can be installed on any supporting operating system, regardless of desktop or default package manager.

The idea of leaving behind snap packages began in 2019, when Clement "Clem" Lefebvre said, "When Snap was announced it was supposed to be a solution, not a problem." Clem continues, "It was supposed to make it possible to run newer apps on top of older libraries and to let third-party editors publish their software easily towards multiple distributions, just like Flatpak and AppImage."

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