I created an account so I could report back to you my experience of using snap apps. No lullabies or lies, just a documented experience with snap apps.
It came to my knowledge that foobar2000 was available to install in Linux via snap app, so I gave it a try.
First thing that I notice in the snap store: it does not inform of the size of the apps. We are in 2019 so that is kind of a major screw up.
After playing detective to try to find a way of knowing something as basic as the size of an app, I came across some post somewhere that mentioned that I had to use something called a command line and then type the following command:
"snap info "
So I did and the output was, among other things, what I was looking for:
“stable: 1.4.4 2019-06-08 (248) 4MB -”
Awesome, it was only 4 MBs to install foobar2000 in Linux! And so I did.
Strangely it took what seemed like an eternity to install those 4 MBs and hundreds of MBs where downloaded. Not 4 MBs as announced, but hundreds of MBs instead.
I’m not kidding, pure reality.
I proceeded to do some browsing and research to find out that those 4 Mbs turned out to be a HALF OF A GIGABYTE!!!
As I mentioned that this is a documented experience and not bs, here’s a printscreen, I now have a snap folder hidden somewhere with 473.3 MB:
I rushed to uninstall the app because, well, because it was more than one hundred times bigger than announced…
After uninstalling the app, there I go to check if everything was back to normal and if that insane waste of my precious disk space was taken care of.
But no, the heart attack got even bigger, just as the size of that snap hidden folder also got bigger. It was now BIGGER THAN HALF OF A GIGABYTE AFTER THE APP WAS UNINSTALLED!!!
I repeat, after the app was uninstalled! I uninstalled the app and lost even more disk space!!!
Being this a surreal experience I thought that a reboot of the system was needed to get my precious hd space back, so I rebooted the operating system. But the nightmare was indeed real, now my hd had more than half of a gigabyte less thanks to having tried one single snap app. Another printscreen:
So the price to pay for testing a 4 MBs snap app was 523 MBs of trash in my hd for all eternity.
Straight question: do you realize what you are doing and that you are making this to people’s computers?
I won’t even mention the long loading time the snap app took because I now realize that that is a known thing for snaps.
Concluding, I’d love to be here writing that I had a wonderful experience but unfortunately I can not because it was the opposite, using snaps seemed more like something out of a Nightmare in Elm Street movie.
I use some apps in a format called appimage, in which you are perfectly aware of the size of the app, in which you just download a single file and make it executable. And run it. And that’s all it takes, the apps run straight away and as fast as any installed deb package. And they do not require anything pre-installed in the operating system.
And that leads me to the final heartbreaking question: is it worth developing and pushing the snap app format when a way, way better (and user friendly) universal app format like appimage is available?
I apologize for such a negative feedback. But it is honest and true.