Ubuntu MATE’s Software Boutique Package Manager Is Getting Support for Snaps

It’s been a while since Ubuntu MATE’s Software Boutique received any major changes, but it finally looks like it will get some much-needed attention as developer Luke Horwell gave users a sneak peek to the upcoming Software Boutique version that’ll be shipping with Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) later this year. And the biggest seems to be the implementation of support for Canonical’s Snappy technologies, replacing the old and unmaintained aptdaemon backend, which is currently used in Ubuntu MATE’s Software Boutique to let users install packages from the default repositories, with snapd-glib to allow installation of Snaps, a universal binary format for GNU/Linux distros.