A year of growth in numbers

Exactly a year ago, after having had a discussion with another user about the diffusion/adoption of self-contained packaging, I decided to collect some data over time both for personal curiosity and for being able to have “objective” information that I could use to reply or support some topics that are often presented in the debates that often arise on these packaging systems. After a first year of data collection this is what I get:

Date Tot App Framework OEM OS Kernel Gadget Probable SNAP Garbage (hello or test)
29/04/18 1450 1411 0 0 2 10 27 223
29/05/18 1509 1469 0 0 2 10 27 224
29/06/18 1585 1544 0 0 2 10 27 242
29/07/18 1641 1600 0 0 2 10 27 246
29/08/18 1728 1687 0 0 2 10 27 264
29/09/18 1771 1730 0 0 2 10 27 267
29/10/18 1831 1789 0 0 2 10 28 282
29/11/18 1907 1868 0 0 2 10 25 302
29/12/18 1983 1944 0 0 2 10 25 312
29/01/19 2063 2024 0 0 2 10 25 324
29/02/19 2144 2105 0 0 2 10 25 323
29/03/19 2209 2170 0 0 2 10 25 331
29/04/19 2317 2278 0 0 2 10 25 342

In a Year the number of Snap has grown, with a linear trend, of more than 860 units:
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In the same period of time, on Flathub, this is what happened:

Date Tot Flatpak on FlatHub
29/04/18 255
29/05/18 276
29/06/18 307
29/07/18 329
29/08/18 379
29/09/18 404
29/10/18 425
29/11/18 459
29/12/18 476
29/01/19 483
29/02/19 507
29/03/19 527
29/04/19 563

So over the course of a year there was more than a doubling of the number of Flatpaks with an almost linear growth too.
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We can therefore assume that over the last year the adoption of snap and Flatpaks by packagers and developers has not slowed down but has remained constant.
The number of download packages is not available for Snap and/so the UAppExplorer, used by me to collect the Snaps data, doesn’t have a rank with the most popular snaps. We are helped by FlatHub which has a collection dedicated to the most popular Flatpaks
From the comparison of the lists of applications we see how in the Snap store there are 6 of the top 10 applications (7/10 if we also consider GreenWithEnvy which, not yet being on the stable branch, does not appear in the list of available Snaps) and this would seem to contradict some claims that the developers of the main desk applications would not find in Snap a valid packaging system.
Unfortunately, we have not access on the number of downloads so we can not say anything about the adoption of these packaging systems by the user base.
I avoid making any Snap vs Flatpak comparison both because I do not want to burst a flame war and because there are several aspects that prevent from consistently evaluating the data, the main of which is the fact that there is only one Snap Store that collects practically all the available Snaps while in the Flatpak packaging system FlatHub is only one of many stores and is known of some distros that have their own store with dedicated Flatpaks.

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Hey, thank you for compiling the data!

One small remark:

The concept of Framework and OEM snaps is gone.

… and it’s been gone for more than a year :slight_smile:

@zyga @chipaca Interesting! this explain why they remained stable at 0 (could be explained as fields in which snap had failed to convince the developers). Where can I find more information about this so to make a good bugreport?

I’ve also been collecting statistics since January 31 at https://snapstats.org/

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thank you @daniel, those statistics are really interesting and complete.
but there is something I don’t understand.
in the snap channels statistics in the cake graph it says there are 1995 stable snaps, but in the time dependent graph below it says there are in the last date “only” 1863. is the cake graph an average from January 31? also in the same time dependent graph it show a fairly up and down trend with jumps of more than one hundred snaps that are removed or added to the stable channel from one day to the next; I would have expected such a thing, although not so obvious, if even the hello-test snaps were counted but the stats main page says that they were removed. do you know why this happen?