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The latest release of Eclipse IDE now is quite easy to install in Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.04 since it’s made into snap package.

Snap is an universal Linux package format. It ships with most run-time libraries so it’s normally large in file size. The snap applications run in sandbox and they can be installed directly from Ubuntu Software.

Eclipse snap

1. So you can just open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Eclipse 4.7.3a snap package:

1. There are 2 Eclipse packages in Ubuntu Software. Check package details for version and source.

2. You see the alert “The application is unconfined. It can …”. That’s because the snap is installed in --classic mode so the IDE can access user directories.

3. Ubuntu 16.04 users who never installed a snap may need to install snapd first via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

For those prefer Linux command, run command in terminal to install the Eclipse snap:

snap install --classic eclipse

2. Eclipse needs java. If you don’t have it, run command in terminal to install OpenJDK java environment:

sudo apt-get install default-jre

You can also install Oracle Java 8 and/or 10 via this tutorial.

Skype for Linux

Skype for Linux now is available as snap, the universal Linux app packaging format, with easy install and automatic updates.

London, UK – 1st February 2018 – Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announces today that Skype is now available as a snap, the universal Linux app packaging format. Available as of today, the release means that Skype can deliver its communication service to a wider range of Linux users, including millions on Ubuntu.“, it’s announced in Ubuntu Insights.

For Ubuntu 16.04 users who’ve never installed a snap package, first install snapd daemon in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

The snap package can be installed directly from Ubuntu Software. At the moment, it’s skype 8.14.0.10:

You can also open terminal and run command to install the snap:

snap install skype --classic

And the snap automatic updates itself when a new release is out and published.

To launch Skype, search it from application launcher (may need re-login) or run command:

/snap/bin/skype

Uninstall:

To uninstall the snap, either use Ubuntu Software or run command:

snap remove skype

Corebird Twitter Client

For those prefer Snap to Flapak, the latest Corebird twitter client 1.6 was finally available as snap, while it can’t be built as traditional package in Ubuntu 16.04.

Corebird 1.6 was release a few weeks ago with following changes:

  • Dependencies: GTK+ 3.20 is now required, and librest is no longer a dependency
  • Facelift for the tweet info page
  • Lots of stability fixes
  • The compose window now starts uploading images as soon as they are selected

It’s available in the PPA repository for Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 16.04 users can now install it via Snap:

Corebird Twitter Client

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo snap install corebird

2. Gnome platform is required by running following commands one by one:

sudo snap install gnome-3-24

sudo snap connect corebird:gnome-3-24-platform gnome-3-24:gnome-3-24-platform

In addition, to open links in snap apps, you need to run following command if you don’t already have it installed:

sudo apt install snapd-xdg-open

Uninstall:

To remove Corebird snap app, simply run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove corebird

Darktable 2.2.5

The latest release of Darktable photo workflow software 2.2.5 now is available as Snap app for Ubuntu desktop.

The Darktable snap app bundles most of the required libraries and runtimes. So you can run the latest Darktable 2.2.5 in Ubuntu 14.04 though the stable PPA does no longer update for it.

And all other current Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.04, can install Darktable snap app without affecting the rest of the system.

Darktable 2.2.5

1. For Ubuntu 14.04 only, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. Then run command to install snapd daemon.

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. Then install the Darktable snap app via command:

sudo snap install darktable-empanada --classic

install darktable snap

Once installed, launch the software either from your application launcher, or by running command:

/snap/bin/darktable-empanada

Uninstall:

To remove the snap version of Darktable, open terminal and run command:

sudo snap remove darktable-empanada