I just ask: why Snap apps are so slow? I know they are better for security than standard debs because of isolation.
I don’t have powerful CPU, but installed Flatpak version of Firefox and… I feel it’s starting much faster than Snap version (SSD disc)
Could anyone compare this version? Or this is fast only for me
Unfortunately at cost of much disc usage
Also, before I installed Lubuntu, I was trying Ubuntu Mate and Linux Mint Mate
And UbuntuMate unfortunately was laggy and unusable. I don’t know why?
Linux Mint Mate was usable, but Lubuntu works much faster.
Also another downside of Snap is that there is no GUI tool to control permissions. For Flatpak there is Flatseal.
I think Canonical should improve Snap or just remove them or something, because in 2025 there is Windows 10 End of Life and many computers will be scrapped (or switched to Linux). Also Windows 7 is still popular, and Firefox for Windows 7 is in final ESR version.
Snaps exist compressed on disk, reducing disk space used; but also meaning the load times are slower (as the data needs to be uncompressed when read from disk) but this shouldn’t impact performance; only startup time.
There are pros and cons to everything, and Ubuntu uses snaps; as some systems (esp. IoT devices) often have small disk space, compression was seen as a must. Snap packages aren’t just used on modern PCs with large space; but often small & sometimes older devices (2017 was when Toyota started using Automotive Grade Linux, and manufacturers usually opt for the cheapest/smallest device they can use; Canonical is interested in this IoT market where snap packages shine).
We couldn’t include any flatpaks, as there are no flatpaks in Ubuntu repositories, or the snap store, which is where seed files grab packages from.
I found article that Ubuntu will drop flaptak support.
What that means? Flatpak will be completely deleted from repositories?
Or only not installed by default?
I don’t know which is better, but I need some programs that are Flatpak only.
(for example Bottles is nice tool for running Wine), so I decided to use Flatpak (it’s not hard to install)
For me Lubuntu working nice, and I think I will stay with it.Your LXQT Desktop environment is not perfect, but faster than others I tried.
Providing a link of what you read will help us better understand what you’re asking.
I’m aware of no such dropping of flatpak support, EXCEPT that flatpak will not be available out of the box.
To use flatpaks in Lubuntu, just refer to the following doc
Lubuntu is one of the flavors that never provided flatpak support out of the box, thus no change occurred with us, though at least two flavors did provide such support in past releases but are now exactly where Lubuntu currently is.
Thanks for links, but for the most accurate details I’ll always suggest reading official Ubuntu documents/releases/announcements.
Flatpaks was a prominent issue at least one of the flavor sync meetings (likely more than one), and it was subsequent to one of these that Aaron wrote (on request) the link I provided earlier if I recall correctly; though I see other newer entries when I search, but most are non-public with the public announcement that likely led to the bloggers post being
(Some flavor sync meetings can be seen via Flavors - Ubuntu Community Hub, but do note not everything discussed makes it to the public meeting notes/minutes)