Passionate open source advocate, Linux enthusiast and Podcaster. Lives in England with his wife and daughter. Works at Canonical making Ubuntu & Snapcraft.
24 April 2020
Well, here it is! Ubuntu is the world’s most popular open-source desktop operating system, and we think this is our best release to date. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is an enterprise-grade, secure, cost-effective operating system for organisations and home users. Before I summarise the changes in this release, let’s address something I’ve seen discu ...
14 January 2020
Yaru is the user interface theme that has been used in Ubuntu since 18.10. The theme is what determines the colours, borders, shadows, size, and shape of individual elements on the screen. Last week, the Yaru team visited London to plan the future of Yaru with members of Canonical’s Design and Ubuntu Desktop teams. I’d ...
10 May 2019
April was another exciting month for the Snapcraft team with Microsoft releasing Visual Studio Code as a snap. As usual, we had hundreds of other new apps come to the snap store and here are a few of our favourites. MiniZinc is a free and open-source constraint modeling language. Model constraint satisfaction and optimization problems ...
22 March 2019
Following previous events in New York, Seattle, and London, the fourth Snapcraft Summit is taking place in Montreal, Canada from June 11th to 13th 2019. We have partnered with Travis CI this time and also expanded the scope of the event to three tracks. Snapcraft Summit Snapcraft is the universal app store for Linux that ...
9 March 2019
During February 2019 we celebrated another fine Plasma release with our friends at KDE by showcasing a month of KDE snaps on the Snapcraft Twitter and other social accounts. The KDE developers have done amazing work to create an SDK that simplifies making snaps of KDE applications and they also publish a common KDE framework ...
5 February 2019
As we step into the new year we’ve got a collection of applications which crossed our “desk” (Twitter feed) during January 2019. Take a look down the list, and discover something new today. 1. OpenToonz Snapcrafters World-famous Open Source 2D Animation suite, OpenToonz is available as a snap for Linux. Use scanned scenes or create ...
14 January 2019
Another month passes and we’ve got a collection of applications which crossed our “desk” (Twitter feed) during December 2018. Take a look down the list, and discover something new today. 1. travis Travis CI Developers! Get the snap of the ubiquitous Travis CI command line client for Linux that works with any Travis CI setup ...
11 October 2018
Another month passes, and we’ve got a collection of interesting applications that came to our attention (Twitter feed) during September 2018. We have a mix of developer tools, languages, password management, productivity tools and some fun too. Take a look down the list, and discover something new today. 1. Bitwarden CLI 8bit Solutions LL ...
30 August 2018
As the summer vacation season comes to a close in the northern hemisphere I reflect on 10 applications my family and I used during the summer to keep ourselves entertained. All of the following applications are available as Snaps that work on all major Linux distros once snapd is installed. The Snapcraft team share 3 ...
31 July 2018
Linux is the best platform for developers. Here’s how you can get popular languages and development environments up and running in moments. The first step is to install snapd (the service that runs and manages Snaps) on your distro, then you can install your pick from some of our recommendations below. We regularly share new ...
17 July 2018
The Linux desktop is not just for people who like to mess with computers. With a wide range of enterprise class productivity and collaboration tools Linux users can enjoy computing parity with their peers and colleagues running other popular desktop computing platforms. Here are 7 apps that will boost your productivity and you’ll also fin ...
10 July 2018
Linux has long been a favourite platform with developers due to the rich array of languages and toolchains available. In this article we highlight 6 IDEs that can boost your productivity. Each IDE is just a Snap away so you can easily craft your complete development workstation in seconds. Here are six of the best ...