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Will Godfrey Silver badge

A word of warning

I've picked this up a short while ago. It's a quote from the Arch Linux people.


as you install APT updates, Snap becomes a requirement for you to continue to

use Chromium and installs itself behind your back. This breaks one of the major

worries many people had when Snap was announced and a promise from its

developers that it would never replace APT.

A self-installing Snap Store which overwrites part of our APT package base is a

complete NO NO. It’s something we have to stop and it could mean the end of

Chromium updates and access to the snap store in Linux Mint.

A year later, in the Ubuntu 20.04 package base, the Chromium package is indeed

empty and acting, without your consent, as a backdoor by connecting your

computer to the Ubuntu Store. Applications in this store cannot be patched, or

pinned. You can’t audit them, hold them, modify them or even point snap to a

different store. You’ve as much empowerment with this as if you were using

proprietary software, i.e. none. This is in effect similar to a commercial

proprietary solution, but with two major differences: It runs as root, and it

installs itself without asking you.


The Arch people have sensibly blocked default action of any package installing

snap. But if you really *really* want to do that manually you still can...

at your own risk of course.

P.S. I've just been told the same is now happening with Firefox

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