To celebrate the release of the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system, Canonical published a new infographic to show us how well its Snap universal package format is doing lately.
Entitled "Snaps in numbers," the new infographics focuses on how widely spread are Snaps, Canonical's universal binary format that makes it easier to distribute applications across multiple Linux-based operating systems. Initially called Snappy, the technology provides secure, rolling updates to your favorite apps.
"Coinciding with the release of Ubuntu 18.10 today, we have celebrated the exceptional adoption of snaps by sharing the infographic below," said Canonical. "From popular snaps to daily installs, this infographic demonstrates where, when and why users are installing and adopting the secure, Linux application format."
Snaps in numbers
According to the infographic, which you can see below at a glance, there are currently more than 4,100 snap packages available for download from Canonical's Snap Store, which is enabled by default on Ubuntu Linux operating systems. However, Snaps are supported across 41 GNU/Linux distributions.
The infographic also shows us that Snaps are used by people from all over the world, and there are currently more than 100,000 Snap installs per day to cloud, server, container, desktop, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices, as well as over 3 million new Snap installs monthly.
The most popular Snaps on the desktop include Firefox, VLC Media Player, Slack, Spotify, Skype, and Plex Media Server. On the cloud and server, Snaps are popular on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Kubernetes, and Heroku. OpenHub, Kura, Node-RED, and Home Bridge are among the most popular platforms for Snaps on IoT devices.
Why using Snaps on your favorite Linux-based operating system? This infographic has the answer: Snaps are quick to install, offer automatic updates, and are safe to run. To get started with using Snaps, visit the Snapcraft.io website, and don't forget to check out the "Snaps in numbers" infographic below for more details.