apt-get and other utilities for working with traditional
.deb packages do not work to install and upgrade applications on a Snappy Ubuntu Core system. Instead you use the
snappy utility. See the Snappy Tour for details.
To summarize a couple examples from the Snappy Tour, to install the Docker application you would run:
sudo snappy install docker
And to install updates, you run
sudo snappy update-versions (which corresponds to
sudo apt-get update on a normal Ubuntu system),
snappy versions to see what's newly available, and
sudo snappy update ... to specify packages for updating (put their names in place of
Because Snappy Ubuntu Core doesn't use
.deb packages, Ubuntu packages created for regular Ubuntu systems will not work--the relationship between regular Ubuntu systems and Snappy Ubuntu Core when it comes to package files is, in effect, the same as the relationship between any two distributions that use totally different package managers. (For example: Ubuntu and Fedora.)
Like in just about any OS, you could manually install programs on Snappy Ubuntu Core provided you have or can obtain all the libraries (and any other dependencies) they need. However, just as the best way to install most software on regular Ubuntu systems is with a
.deb package, the best way to install software on Snappy Ubuntu Core is with specially built snappy packages. Only a handful of these exist so far.
To search for Snappy Ubuntu Core apps from within a Snappy Ubuntu Core system, use:
snappy search search-term
This finds Snappy packages with
search-term in their names. (You'd replace that with whatever you're looking for, of course.)
As for Raspberry Pi, those have ARM processors, which you're right are not the same as the usual 32-bit and 64-bit Intel and AMD processors most of us use on our traditional PCs. However, Raspberry Pi support does not appear to be the main point of Snappy Ubuntu Core. Instead, as you may be aware, the general aim of Snappy is for better speed, stability, and security, in circumstances where a minimal Ubuntu Core system is sufficient and appropriate.
Snappy is cloud-oriented ("Snappy Ubuntu Core is the perfect system for large-scale cloud container deployments..."), and explicitly supports many x86 (i.e., not ARM) platforms--see the list of options under "Try the new, snappy Ubuntu yourself!" on the Snappy home page.
Nonetheless, depending on your needs, Snappy Ubuntu Core may be a reasonable way to get a working Ubuntu Core system on a Raspberry Pi. Depending on which Raspberry Pi board you have, it may or may not support a fuller, more traditional installation of Ubuntu. Note, though, that there are other options that may be more Ubuntu-like in the ways that matter to most users of traditional Ubuntu systems:
- Debian is quite similar to Ubuntu, and provides an experience in many ways more similar to most Ubuntu installations. In particular, like a normal Ubuntu system Debian uses
apt-get. In fact
apt-get originated in Debian. (Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian.)
- Raspbian is a derivative of Debian made specially for the Raspberry Pi. Like Debian and normal (non-Snappy) Ubuntu systems, uses APT-based package management (i.e., with
apt-get). The Debian project's page about Debian on Raspberry Pi even says, "Generally, your best bet is to use Raspbian".
See also this list of operating systems for Raspberry Pi.