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Ubuntu to Make Firefox Snap Default in 21.10

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Ubuntu 21.10 is making the Firefox Snap app its default browser. A feature-freeze exception requests the Firefox Snap be seeded in the Ubuntu ISO image.
A software switcharoo — but is it for the best?

Ubuntu plans to make the Firefox Snap the default version for new installations of Ubuntu 21.10.

A feature freeze exception (FFE) filed by Canonical's Olivier Tilloy will replace the Firefox .deb package in the Ubuntu 'seed' with the Snap version. He writes: "Per Canonical's distribution agreement with Mozilla, we're making the snap the default installation of firefox on desktop ISOs starting with Ubuntu 21.10."

Firefox is currently distributed via the Ubuntu repos as a deb package. If this feature freeze request is granted users who install Ubuntu 21.10 next month will find the official Snap version of the vaunted web browser there, in its place.

Why? Mozilla asked for it apparently:

"This is the result of cooperation and collaboration between the [Ubuntu] Desktop and Snap teams at Canonical and Mozilla developers, and is the first step towards a deb-to-snap transition that will take place during the 22.04 development cycle," Ubuntu desktop team's Ken VanDine explains.

So what does the software switch-around mean for Ubuntu users?

Well, faster (and invisible background) updates of the browser 'direct' from Mozilla on release day.

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