Having tried my best to avoid compromising any of a dozen ubuntu 16.04 systems with the snap system & packages, I decided to try and install the VLC 3.0 (snap) release on an Xubuntu 16.04 platform. Result, a ‘TF-Disaster’.
Two discreet versions of VLC running on the same system, each apparently oblivious of the other. An entirely new installation paradigm, which appears to run the snap installed version of VLC under some other user identity than the one launching the app, in its own ‘snap-rooted’ location. This, in turn, makes it impossible for VLC-snap to find sub-directories on an array of FUSE/sshfs drives, containing a large media library. Meanwhile, VLC.2.2 is working just fine (because VLC-snap doesn’t even know its there).
And here’s the worse news: apparently VLC has decided to phase out its Debian/Apt installation system (which works), in favor of yet another attempt to impose someone’s grand-solution on the entire Linux community, without having to do the minimum necessary due-diligence this radical departure from standard-practice demands.
I’d be the first to acknowledge the need to address the packaging problem snap purports to fix. This just made the situation exponentially worse.