Snap packages are now compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero

Raspberry Pi

Since Raspberry Pi and its versions appeared, there are many who have trusted and trust these SBC boards, but it is true that the first versions have not received new projects, new functions or new software for a long time, beyond Raspbian for Raspberry Pi .

But this seems that it will cease to be so or at least it seems with the arrival of snap packages to Raspberry Pi 1 and Pi Zero. That's right, although there is still no official version of Ubuntu for the first version of Raspberry Pi, there is the possibility of installing packages in snap format on Raspbian.

Snap packages are now a reality without using Ubuntu Core

Thanks to developer Simon Fels the snap package manager, also known as snapd, it can be installed on Raspbian and thus bring the snap packages of the old models of Raspberry Pi boards. The manager is now ready and if we have a Raspberry Pi 1 board together with Raspbian, we can run the operating system and in the terminal write the following:

sudo -s
cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/snapd.list
deb jessie main

Then, in the same terminal, we write the following:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y snapd

This will begin the installation of the snapd package manager. Once we're done, we can install any snap package using the snap command, like this: "Sudo snap install XXX".

The installation process is as simple or more than aptitude and also allows us install large applications without compromising Raspbian stability, one of the benefits of the package, but it also consumes many resources, specifically space on the sd card, so we have to have ample storage if we want to install these packages. In any case, it seems that the old Raspberry Pi is still useful, if only as a test bench or to test apps in snap format. Do not you think?

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