Ubuntu 17.10 and the upcoming 18.04. Are default programs installed as Snaps or regular type of apps? If I want to upgrade the default applications (eg LibreOffice) would I do

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


sudo snap refresh

And I always want the latest LibreOffice. If it's an apt-get type program (by default) how do I best remove it, and replace it with the Snap, without breaking dependencies, or causing other issues?

There's a lot of options if I recall

sudo apt-get purge <package-name>
sudo apt-get remove <package-name>

and some others I don't even recall. Can you recommend a best practice for removing programs to replace with their Snap equivalent?

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    I think if you need newer versions of LibreOffice you should use their PPA. IMHO Snaps are for modern stand-alone (sometimes proprietary) applications as Skype, PyCharm, RubyMine, CLion, Brackets, VS Code and so on.
    – N0rbert
    Feb 23 '18 at 15:49

The choice is up to the application packager. They can package deb or snap (or both) as they please. Either can be installed upon a new-install, or migrated upon a release-upgrade. The Ubuntu project does not have a preference.

LibreOffice, for example, is available in both deb and snap in 17.10. Note that different versions are packaged for the same release of Ubuntu:

$ apt show libreoffice | grep Version
Version: 1:5.4.5-0ubuntu0.17.10.1

$ snap search libreoffice
Name         Version  Developer  Notes  Summary
libreoffice  canonical  -      LibreOffice is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases

The Ubuntu Desktop Team's criteria for selecting snap vs. deb for inclusion in the default install is fairly simple: Which will generate fewer bug reports and fewer support questions?

  • Thanks, which is the one that's actually installed by default? I assume the apt version? I won't have to sudo snap refresh a default install to update LibreOffice, correct? Feb 23 '18 at 22:09

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