The list of most popular Snap packages. And if you are a fan of free software, this is definitely not your week. Is that, added to Stallman's resignation, now you are going to discover that linuxers seem to like us proprietary services and Microsoft applications.
Snapcraft, is the name of the project dand creation and publication of the self-contained package format by Canonical. Its managers analyzed which are the applications most downloaded by users of six distributions. And the results, at least for me, are surprising.
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The analyzed distributions
Older Linux users will forgive me for revisiting familiar concepts. but, to better analyze the ranking, it is interesting review the features of each distribution.
Arch Linux: It is a highly configurable distribution whose installation requires a lot of user intervention. It has a wiki with very complete instructions:
CentOS: It is a community distribution supported by and that shares code with Red Hat. It is focused on professional use. Basically on servers.
debbian: It is a community distribution focused on offering the best free software programs on as many platforms as possible.
fedora: Community distribution focused on the home user although it has a version for servers. In general, it advances features that later the Red Hat and CentOS versions will have.
manjaro: It is a distribution based on Arch Linux but with wizards that automate and make it easier the installation process of the distribution and the different programs.
Ubuntu: Debian-based home user desktop distribution. It also has a version for servers.
List of most popular snap packages
Spotify: Official client for the music streaming service of the same name.
Code: Microsoft's Integrated Development Environment: It is a package maintained and updated by the company itself, and although it is open source, it collects information.
Skype: Official client of Microsoft's video and audio call service.
Discord: An unofficial client for the text and voice chat service for Gamers.
Wecan: Application for the use of the Kanban technique.
Slack: Another official client, this time from the service of the same name to coordinate the work of teams. It is clarified that the Linux client is in beta.
LXD: This is Canonical's container handling system.
microk8s: It is a small-scale version of Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open source platform for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.
Helmet: A tool for managing preconfigured Kubernetes packages.
Firefox: Mozilla's browser focused on privacy.
Nextcloud: Platform to create our own cloud services.
pycharm-community: Official snap of the community version of the integrated development environment for Python.
VLC: The multimedia player compatible with most of the formats.
post-man: It is a set of tools for the development of application programming interfaces (APIs)
Chromium: The open source version of Google's browser.
Canonical-Livepatch: The system that allows to apply critical updates of the Linux kernel without having to reboot the system.
Ranking by distribution
We Linux users like music. And for Linux programmers, Microsoft's integrated development environment. None of the other alternatives (except for Pycharm on a single distro) appear. Unless, they are installed from traditional repositories. I'm surprised Android Studio doesn't show up.
By the way, I would never have guessed the number of gamers on Arch Linux
In the case of a distribution focused on the corporate field, perhaps the biggest surprise is Spotify. But, sysadmins also have the right to listen to music.
Friends of Debian are inclined to free software, but they do not shy away from listening to good music when they use it. Well, good music is an expression of desire. I left Spotify when I was looking for Bach music and he offered me to listen to bachata.
Fedora is a distribution highly appreciated by amateur programmers, hence its ranking is a combination of entertainment programs and work tools. It should be mentioned that in this list are all official packages, that is, created by the original developers of the applications.
There is not much to say here. Given the distribution profile, productivity and entertainment applications abound. Although I am still amazed at how many people are still using Skype.
- Canonical Livepatch.
Ubuntu developers should take note and install Vlc by default instead of Totem and Rhythmbox. I'm surprised by Canonical-Livepatch, but since the statistic doesn't discriminate between servers and desktop, Livepatch's fifth place must come out there.