Author Topic: Meshmixer as a 'snap' package  (Read 1451 times)

Kmera

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Meshmixer as a 'snap' package
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:18:10 AM »
I would like to propose the idea to the dev team that they distribute Meshmixer as a snappy package to Linux users. That would solve all the dependency problems between different Linux distributions or versions of any specific one since dependencies would come bundled into the package. It would be much easier to maintain and distribute the Linux app packaged as a snap. For example, Meshmixer 2.9 runs on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS but not on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS because some dependencies are not included in the official 16.04 repos and the app fails to install as a deb package. As a snap package, you package the app once including all the dependencies in it and distribute it to any distro no matter of it's deb repos or version because app itself would be running in an confined environment. Snappy packages are also very easy to make, much more easier than debs and you can get all the help you need from multiple sources from practically it's developer themselves for free.

Take a look at the Snapcraft tool for making snap (sometimes called snappy) packages: http://snapcraft.io/

For any questions there is an IRC channel on Frenode: https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=snappy

There is also a very active and vibrant community using mailing list: snapcraft@lists.snapcraft.io

There are also these very cool mailing lists:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/snappy-app-devel
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/snappy-devel


I hope you find my request positive and this information useful! Please take this into consideration and reply with your thoughts and in the end your decision.   :) :)