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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 19.10 is Out in Two Weeks and Smart Dump Plugin

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  • Ubuntu 19.10 is Out in Two Weeks, But Will You Upgrade? [Poll]

    As a short-term release hopper I (naturally) plan to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 as soon as it arrives — but what about you: do you plan to upgrade?

    You can check out our overview of the Ubuntu 19.10 release for a more detailed look at what’s new and improved in the upcoming release. Goodies on offer include GNOME 3.34, an experimental ZFS install option, and the “will-it-won’t-it” Yaru light theme.

    But call me nosey — or call me predictable as, hey: I ask this question every release — but I want to know what your upgrade plans are once the Eoan Ermine is egregiously evident for everyone to experience.

  • The smart dump plugin

    A typical use case where the dump plugin brings value is for developers who already have created and packaged code in the past. For instance, if you have already built your application as a Debian package, you may be dismayed by the notion of having to start all over again when building snaps. But this does not have to be so.

    You can specify existing files available for different distributions as the source in the plugin declaration in the snapcraft.yaml file, and the contents will be automatically unpacked for the particular part. You may want to do this if you require a particular library that is not available in the distribution repository archives, or you need an old library that is no longer supported – a practical requirement for legacy applications.

    Moreover, you may have a standalone application that bundles all its dependencies inside a single archive, and you just want to see whether it will work when packaged as a snap. Here, the dump plugin can be quite useful, as it lets you create and test a snap within minutes. It’s not only Debian packages, though. The dump plugin works with a range of sources, including rpms as well as zip and tar archives!

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    The dump plugin may look like a simple helper tool, but it gives developers quite a bit of flexibility in how they package and test their software. If you already have compiled code, you can use it for quick & dirty tests, to assess compatibility, to retrieve libraries and legacy components that are not available in standard software channels, or even build custom applications that may contain data samples, tutorials or similar.

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