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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.14 For Ubuntu With New Rust Plugin, Improvements (softpedia.com) 44

Marius Nestor, reporting for Softpedia News: Canonical, through Sergio Schvezov, has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of Snapcraft 2.14 Snap creator tool for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. Coming hot on the heels of Snapcraft 2.13, the new 2.14 maintenance update is here to introduce a bunch of new plugins, namely rust, godeps, and dump. You can find more information about each one by running the "snapcraft help " command in a terminal window. Also new in the Snapcraft 2.14 release is support for alternate relocation mechanisms in the "make" plugin (for example, you can use DESTDIR alternatives), as well as many improvements to the "go" plugin, such as support for local sources, which are now preferred instead of fetching new ones, and proper handling of the source entry. The list of improvements implemented in Snapcraft 2.14 continues with support for building a kernel Snaps for multiple hardware architectures using a single snapcraft.yaml file, support for "oneshot" daemons, better wiki parser source management, as well as proper setting of "shebangs" and support for requirement files in the "python" plugin.
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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.14 For Ubuntu With New Rust Plugin, Improvements

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    What is snapcraft?

  • by ArchieBunker ( 132337 ) on Friday August 12, 2016 @11:13AM (#52691655) Homepage

    Don't tell us what Snapcraft 2.14 is or anything, I can't even begin to take a guess from the description.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by geek ( 5680 )

      "Snap creator tool for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system"

      Seems pretty clear to me.Its right in the summary.

    • Don't tell us what Snapcraft 2.14 is or anything, I can't even begin to take a guess from the description.

      It's a new video game. The full name is "World of Snapcraft". The point of the game is still unclear, but playing it seems onerous as you must bring *everything* you want to use within the virtual world with you. I'm thinking a simple sack will be insufficient and am trying to use a cart, but my horse keeps standing behind it, not in front.

    • by OzPeter ( 195038 )

      Obviously they mean Snapcraft [snapcraft.net] Which is 1st on a google search.

    • Snap is an alternative package manager which is a container. It includes the APIs and dependencies making it more portable to use than .Deb's. I believe it is how WSL for Windows 10 got ported.

      You can find more information here [ubuntu.com]

    • It's not even the first hit on Google: http://www.snapcraft.net/ [snapcraft.net]

      Or the second: http://minecraftservers.org/se... [minecraftservers.org]

      But the third: http://snapcraft.io/ [snapcraft.io]

      Snapcraft: Package any app for every Linux desktop, server, cloud or device, and deliver updates directly.

      How do snaps work?

      A snap is a fancy zip file containing an application together with its dependencies, and a description of how it should safely be run on your system, especially the different ways it should talk to other software.

      Most importantly snaps are d

    • Don't tell us what Snapcraft 2.14 is or anything, I can't even begin to take a guess from the description.

      It's for running Snapchat inside Minecraft.

  • Why can these people not let things alone that work well? Have they never heard of the fundamental engineering principle "if it is not broken, do not fix it"? Morons. This type of idiocy is why the software-industry is not mature at all.

    • Reinventing the wheel every few years is hard work! It keeps people employed and feeling relevant.
    • by Lennie ( 16154 )

      I think it's good people try new things.

      Should it become the new default for everyone everywhere immediately, obviously not.

      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        Experiments are fine. But do not push things that are not significantly better on users. Systemd is a nice example of how massively bad for everybody that can be. The damage to the community alone is staggering.

    • If we followed that principle, I would be calling my friends on a phone hanging on my wall and saying, "Hey! Did you see gewihir's letter to the editor. Better stay off his lawn."
      • by gweihir ( 88907 )

        And if we followed you flawed ideas, we would need to re-invent the hammer every few years. We would typically making it worse, because it is a finished and mature design that does what it is supposed to do. Engineering resources are supposed to go to actual problems, not into gold-plating.

        • A hammer is a very simple tool made to do a very simple job. There is very little to find "broken" with it. A better analogy would be an electric drill. There was nothing wrong with the first one I bought 25 years ago. But the one I own now is much, much better.
  • I evaluated Rust about a year ago... And it really wasn't there for a modern language, however the biggest stumbling block for me to work with it more was the lack of a good set core libraries. Even the sites online help had you using cargo to download a third party library.

    A modern language should have a solid default library that you can fall back on as a trusted source.

    • by roca ( 43122 )

      Indeed, Rust needs to make it easier to discover "trusted" libraries for your tasks at hand.

      However, cargo makes it very easy to import libraries and manage their dependencies. Rust does not need the usual massive monolithic centrally-managed "standard library" that is versioned with the language.

How many Unix hacks does it take to change a light bulb? Let's see, can you use a shell script for that or does it need a C program?