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31 August 2023

Get familiar with “Rusty” kernel programming in Ubuntu Lunar Lobster

Ubuntu Article

The Linux kernel has recently introduced the Rust programming language as an alternative to C for creating kernel modules. Rust is a strongly, statically typed programming language with a focus on memory safety features which produces extremely compact executable code. These properties, paired with its good tooling, make Rust a natural ch ...

Igor Ljubuncic
16 June 2023

Snapcraft 8.0 and the respectable end of core18

Ubuntu Article

‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This base is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is software processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s ...

Igor Ljubuncic
21 March 2023

Craft team welcomes you to another episode of its adventures

Ubuntu Article

Welcome to the second article in the Craft team saga. Previously, on Craft Team, we gave you a brief introduction into the team’s function, we announced our desire to share the ins and outs of our day-to-day work with the community, and gave you an overview of roughly two weeks of coding and fun. Today, ...

Igor Ljubuncic
6 March 2023

What happens in the Craft team stays in the Craft team … until today

Ubuntu Article

Snapcraft, Charmcraft, Rockcraft … you may have heard of these tools, but have you ever wondered how – and by who – they are developed? These tools are the intellectual and keyboard-driven product of Canonical’s Craft team. Officially, the team’s name is *Craft, and the asterisk symbol can easily be seen as a “star” (The ...

Nathan Hart
1 February 2023

Multipass 1.11 brings enhanced performance for Linux on Mac and Windows

Ubuntu Article

Multipass 1.11 is here! This release has some particularly interesting features that we’ve been wanting to ship for a while now. We’re excited to share them with you! For those who aren’t familiar with Multipass, it’s software that streamlines every aspect of managing and working with virtual machines. We’ve found that development, partic ...

Igor Ljubuncic
14 October 2022

The long ARM of KDE

Desktop Article

With over 100 applications available in the Snap Store, KDE is by far the biggest publisher of snaps around. What unifies this impressive portfolio is the fact that all of these snaps are made for the x86 platform. Not anymore. Now, don’t panic! The x86 snaps are not going anywhere. But ARM-supported KDE snaps are ...

Igor Ljubuncic
24 June 2022

The new classic confinement in snaps – Even the classics need a change

Ubuntu Article

As part of their fundamental, security-driven design, snaps are meant to run isolated from the underlying system. In most cases, the idea works well, and granular access to system resources using the mechanism of interfaces allows snap developers to ship their applications packaged with strict confinement. However, there are some scenario ...

Igor Ljubuncic
17 May 2022

Snapping PhotoNoteBook: Lessons from the kitchen table, or: How an Android app got converted to a Linux snap

Ubuntu Article

This article was written by Alan Watson, with only small cosmetic changes from me. Having stumbled upon PhotoNoteBook, I asked Alan to write a guest blog post and share his project with the wider snap developer community. ===== The idea for PhotoNoteBook was seeded in 2018 after watching a Double-Glazing salesman measure my windows. He ...

Miona Aleksic
12 May 2022

Setting up a secure shared development environment with LXD

Cloud and server Article

LXD multi-user feature allows for secure development in shared development environments. Learn more about the feature in this blog. ...

Igor Ljubuncic
14 April 2022

Private shared memory support for snaps

Ubuntu Article

At first glance, the title of this article may sound like an oxymoron. However, what it highlights is the introduction of a rather useful feature that will enable a far more robust and elegant handling of the /dev/shm implementation inside the snap sandbox. This will make snap development easier, more secure, and reduce potential bugs ...

Igor Ljubuncic
25 February 2022

Three ways to package your Electron apps as snaps

Ubuntu Article

Software comes in many shapes and forms. One of the popular cross-platform, cross-architecture frameworks for building and distributing applications in Electron, which combines the Chromium rendering engine and the Node.js runtime. This makes Electron-based applications relatively easy to create. If you want to deploy Electron apps in Lin ...

Igor Ljubuncic
8 February 2022

How Snapcraft helps developers map out their application dependencies and efficiently build snaps

Ubuntu Article

One of the core concepts of snaps is cross-distro compatibility. Developers can build their snaps once, and they should run well on more than 40 different Linux distros. But how does one take care of all the required runtime dependencies? By providing them inside the snap, as part of the bundle. In the snap ecosystem, ...

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