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In a Snap, Slack Comes to Linux. Here's How To Install It

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While binaries for Slack have been available for Ubuntu and Fedora, other Linux operating systems are not so lucky. To overcome this, Canonical has released Slack as a Snap, which allows Slack to be installed and used on a greater variety of Linux distributions.

Snapcraft is a command line tool that allows you to install containerised applications called Snaps on many different Linux distribution. As these Snap containers contain all the required dependencies that a program needs to run, it makes it very easy to create and distribute a single container that works on a variety of Linux versions.

The creation of a Slack Snap is smart move by both the Slack team and Canonical. For Canonical, it provides a greater user base for their Snapcraft service and for Slack, it allows a larger audience to use their service and make upgrading to new Slack versionsmuch easier. According to Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical:

Slack is helping to transform the...(continued)

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