what are the benefits of using snaps for Linux applications?


Snaps offer several benefits for Linux applications:
Secure and Isolated
Snaps run in a confined environment, isolated from the rest of the system. This sandboxing provides enhanced security by preventing malicious or buggy applications from interfering with other software or accessing system resources without permission.
Cross-Distribution Compatibility
Snaps are designed to work across multiple Linux distributions, eliminating the need for developers to package their applications separately for each distro. This allows for easier distribution and installation on various Linux systems.
Automatic Updates
Snaps support automatic updates, ensuring applications are always up-to-date with the latest security patches and features. Users can also roll back updates if needed.
Bundled Dependencies
Snaps bundle all required dependencies within the package itself, reducing conflicts and compatibility issues that can arise from shared libraries on the host system.
Channels and Rollbacks
Snaps allow developers to offer different release channels (stable, beta, edge) and users can easily switch between them. If an update fails, snaps can automatically roll back to the previous working version.
Centralized Store
The Snap Store provides a centralized repository for discovering and installing snaps, simplifying the process for users and developers alike.
However, some criticisms of snaps include longer startup times, increased disk space usage due to bundled dependencies, proprietary backend controlled by Canonical, and the way Ubuntu has forcefully promoted snaps over traditional deb packages.