Ubuntu 23.04 will add another snap to its collection: Telegram

Ubuntu 23.04 with Telegram as Snap

There are Linux users who say they love it, others don't want to touch it with a stick and this is one of the reasons why they opt for distributions like Linux Mint... If snap packages leave anyone indifferent, it will be only a few. Canonical launched them almost seven years ago as one of the novelties of 16.04 Xenial Xerus, some time later the DEB version of Chromium was "loaded", then it did the same with Firefox and in Ubuntu 23.04 there will be more movements in this direction.

Go ahead that, according to it is commented, it has been Pavel Durov's team who has asked Canonical to make the change, just as Mozilla is supposed to have done with its Firefox. The problem that is intended to be solved is that the version of Telegram that includes Ubuntu comes directly from the Debian repositories, a project that among its features has to curb the packages a bit to play it safe. The bad thing is that this can also result in outdated versions, and even with bugs that are already fixed in the most recent versions.

Ubuntu 23.04 will arrive in April

Telegram makes available to any user a version of its messaging client from Your Website. Although there is also present in most software stores, there it offers an APK for Android, a DMG for Mac, the installer for Windows or self-updating binaries for Linux users. By options it will not be, but what they do not want is that nobody has outdated software, and for that reason they would have contacted Canonical.

Knowing that the company that Mark Shuttleworth runs wants to promote the use of snap packages, it was clear that they would accept the (supposed) proposal. What will happen in Ubuntu 23.04, and is already happening in the Daily Build, is that when entering the command sudo apt install telegram-desktop, you will see in the terminal that the work to install the snap version begins, just as it already happens with Chromium or Firefox.

If we look for it in the software store, including GNOME Software if we install it, nothing, Telegram will not appear as a DEB package simply because it will no longer be there. The change could "backport" to Ubuntu 22.04, and I would not rule out that it also reached 20.04. It would be similar, but not the same, to what about LibreOffice: the office suite is installed by default in Ubuntu if we do not choose the minimal installation, and it does so in DEB version, but if it occurs to us to uninstall it, the only thing we will find in its official repositories will be more snap packages.

Telegram would be the one who would have proposed the change

In the end, I don't know what is true in this proposal by Telegram like the one Mozilla made for its Firefox in its day. The Telegram thing makes more sense, but Mozilla gave more importance to its official repository when the default snap option was added to Ubuntu. It may be true, and that the intention is that one of the most popular Linux distributions does not have a version of a buggy software, but the only thing that is confirmed is that there is more and more software like snap in the official flavors of Ubuntu, and I don't know if for some users the rope is being tightened too much.

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