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Fresh Snaps from September 2017

David Callé

on 18 October 2017

This article was last updated 5 years ago.

October, it’s almost time for a new Ubuntu release! This month’s pick of the top snaps is all about spending relaxing time with your computer: playing games, listening to music and enjoying beautiful GNOME applications!

If the term snaps doesn’t ring a bell, they are a new way for developers to package their apps, bringing many advantages over traditional package formats such as .deb, .rpm, and others. They are secure, isolated and allow apps to be rolled back should an issue occur. They also aim to work on any distribution or platform, from IoT devices to servers, desktops and mobile devices. Snaps really are the future of Linux application packaging and we’re excited to showcase some great examples of these each month.

Our September selection

1. RetroArch


RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players.

It enables you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its slick graphical interface. Settings are also unified so configuration is done once and for all.

RetroArch has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, and more!

2. Gradio

Felix Häcker

A GTK3 app for finding and listening to internet radio stations.

Search and find radio stations, listen to them, and this without needing to use a browser or enter an internet radio stream URL.

Gradio uses the community-based ‘Radio Browser‘ website for its database backend.

3. Clementine

James Tigert

Clementine is a modern music player and library organizer for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

4. pulsemixer


Pulsemimxer is a cli and curses mixer for pulseaudio.

5. Warzone 2100

Bowl Hat

A free and open source real time strategy game.

In Warzone 2100, you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles.
The game offers campaign, multi-player, and single-player skirmish modes. An extensive tech tree with over 400 different technologies, combined with the unit design system, allows for a wide variety of possible units and tactics.

Warzone 2100 was originally developed as a commercial game by Pumpkin Studios and published in 1999, and was released as open source by them in 2004, for the community to continue working on it.

6. OpenTyrian

Bowl Hat

An arcade-style shoot ’em up.

OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS shoot-em-up Tyrian, an arcade-style vertical scrolling shooter. The story is set in 20,031 where you play as Trent Hawkins, a skilled fighter-pilot employed to fight Microsol and save the galaxy.

7. Trustgrid


Trustgrid’s Secure Edge Network is a software defined solution enabling fast and secure connectivity to Edge data and workloads. It aims at eliminating the delays, costs, and complexity of hardware-dependent VPN solutions.

Learn more about Trustgrid.

8. Briss

Mikhail Mikhail

Briss is a cross-platform application for cropping PDF files. A simple user interface lets you define exactly the crop-region by fitting a rectangle on the visually overlaid pages.

9. DataExplore

Damien Farrell

Data plotting and analysis package, DataExplore is an open source desktop application intended for use in both research and education. It is intended primarily for non-programmers who need to do relatively advanced table manipulation methods.

10. Many GNOME apps!

Last but not least, let’s celebrate the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release and its GNOME 3 desktop with a fresh batch of GNOME 3.26 apps available as snaps:
gnome-calendar, gnome-clocks, gnome-calculator, gnome-contacts,
gnome-sudoku, gnome-dictionary, gnome-logs, gnome-characters, and more!

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