Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced the first iteration of Slack as a snap, bringing collaboration to open source users. Slack is an enterprise software platform that allows teams and businesses of all sizes to communicate effectively. Slack works seamlessly with other software tools within a single integrated environment, providing an accessible archive of an organisation’s communications, information and projects.
In adopting the universal Linux app packaging format, Slack will open its digital workplace up to an-ever growing community of Linux users, including those using Linux Mint, Manjaro, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Solus, and Ubuntu.
Designed to connect us to the people and tools we work with every day, the Slack snap will help Linux users be more efficient and streamlined in their work. And an intuitive user experience remains central to the snaps’ appeal, with automatic updates and rollback features giving developers greater control in the delivery of each offering.
“Slack is helping to transform the modern workplace, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the snaps ecosystem”, said Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of putting the Linux user first – Slack’s developers will now be to push out the latest features straight to the user. By prioritising usability, and with the popularity of open source continuing to grow, the number of snaps is only set to rise in 2018.”
Snaps are containerised software packages, designed to work perfectly and securely within any Linux environment; across desktop, the cloud, and IoT devices. Thousands of snaps have been launched since the first in 2016, with snaps’ automated updates, added security benefits, and rollback features, the option for applications to revert back to the previous working version in the event of a bug.