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[Bug 1658785] Re: Snap documentation in 17.04?
Hi Chris, thanks for picking this up.
1. At the moment there is no way to tell from the Software GUI app that
an application is a snap or a deb. Snaps are prioritised, and so will
appear at the top of the list when doing a search. But there is
currently no way of telling the packaging format from the Software
application. If an app is listed twice then there is a high chance that
the top one will be the snap.
2. A U1 login is required to authenticate against the Snap store. It
would be great if we could document the steps involved in logging on to
the store via Software. This should be straightforward. The prompts in
Software are a simple web-view to the normal U1 sign-up/sign-in pages.
3. We're looking at a way to hide snaps from Disks as I think it is
confusing. But right now, as you say, it shows them. If we can explain
that Disks also shows "loop devices such as mounted ISO images or
installed Snap applications" (maybe with an explanation of what a loop
device is) and that these can be ignored - I think that will cover it
for most users.
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Snap documentation in 17.04?
Status in ubuntu-docs package in Ubuntu:
Do we say anything about snaps in the 17.04 desktop help and if so
what do we say? If snaps are experimental and subject to change then
perhaps we should say nothing? Below I give some points about snaps
worth thinking about (as regards how we document them):
The logon to Ubuntu One in Ubuntu Software when one tries to install a
snap will surely create confusion. I saw one example on the #ubuntu
channel where people were confused by it (with good reason in my
opinion). At present you don't have to logon to Ubuntu One if you
install a snap from the command line. Why are Ubuntu Software and the
command line treated differently in this respect?
I don't know much about snaps but in the manual for the snap command
there are options to buy a snap and log on to the snap store. I would
imagine that at present there are no snaps that one has to pay for -
but there will be soon?
Snaps are visible in the Disks application as "devices". This is very
confusing in my opinion.
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