"Install Software" momentarily disappears from Ubuntu 23.04 and the Snap Store opens. Temporary glitch or new trick from Canonical?

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What a "scare" (in quotes, I know you) I have taken, and I must admit that it has not passed me yet. And it is that from Canonical you can expect the best and the worst, although I think that more of us users who have been using Linux for years think that its latest movements are not the most successful or, at least, the ones that interest us the most. users. And it is that, while writing an article of those destined to answer questions in one of our sister blogs, I have seen what the header screenshot shows: what was the lady doing there? Snap Store?

The situation has been like this: to explain some things, I have tried to do it in an Ubuntu virtual machine, and the one I have is from 23.04, the Daily Build where I can see the progress that is being made, like the one with the wallpaper. I was trying to explain that the easiest way to install a DEB package on Ubuntu is to simply double click on it, wait for the installer to open, and then click Install. But when doing so I have not seen the Install Software icon nor has Ubuntu Software opened, but the Snap Store. The word he had in his head, in addition to other doubts, was "flip."

The Snap Store is swept under the rug in Ubuntu

The Snap Store cannot be opened from the app drawer. It doesn't show up in the search, but it does show up as an option if we right-click on a DEB package. also appears running in the background constantly, and sometimes consuming more than what could be assumed. But we almost never realize that it is there. So what has happened?

Being poorly thought, and the latest moves invite us to be, we can think that Canonical is going to do something strange that we will see in Ubuntu 23.04. What specifically, I don't know. Maybe they want to give more prominence to the Snap Store and in the future it will be the one in charge of installing the local DEB packages, but at the moment (22.10) it fails when trying to install them. thinking well, shouldn't matter, since we are in the development phase and this is to be used as a testing ground. Also, I would be very surprised if they made another objectionable move so soon. Who could use it is the Linux Mint team, which is where those who are disappointed in the official flavors of Ubuntu tend to look.

Let's hope it stays in a more or less funny anecdote, and that it is just that.

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  1.   .. said

    Just free software
    not chrome

  2.   Javier said

    I am on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and the same thing is happening, and I was wondering what is happening. I don't know someone else happens.

  3.   Javier Guala placeholder image said

    I'm using Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and the same thing is happening to me. At one point, I thought I was having a particular problem with the store; but apparently it's happening to everyone.

  4.   Owl said

    Well, I hope it stays that way.
    Gnome Software is a real hogwash.
    Come on, I find the SNAP store more agile for .DEB and the SNAP themselves.

  5.   Atik said

    As almost always Canonical in the eye of the hurricane ha ha ha; I find it amusing how easily people speak on behalf of Ubuntu users on blogs, as if by magic someone had elected them by universal suffrage...
    I think that canonical has every right to to the extent that it can give priority to its applications and developments, compared to those of other companies or distros; That being said: in my case with ubuntu 22,04 and 22,10 I don't have any problem to install packages or applications with Synaptic, Gdebi, software center or by the terminal itself. And by the way, it doesn't bother me at all that Snap is there and, for many things, it comes in very handy. But if for some reason the user is allergic, there are dozens of tutorials on the net on how to uninstall Snap.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Good thing someone other than me thinks that

      1.    navarone said

        Well don't worry, there are many more of us who appreciate ubuntu, we recognize the work of canonical and its great value in the DEB and GNU/Linux ecosystem in general.
        I also have no problem with Snap and even less with installing packages with any of the options that exist in ubuntu.