Ubuntu – Why does Ubuntu require us to register an account on Ubuntu website to be able to install a Snap package

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Today I wanted to install a Snap Package on Ubuntu Xenial, but it prompted me to register an account on Ubuntu Single Sign-On.

Why does Ubuntu ask us for such a thing?

Installing a Snap Package:


This is the reported bug on Launchpad, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/software-center/+bug/1581713

Best Answer

This behavior is consistent with Ubuntu Software Centre. Canonical works with third-party software providers to provide payment and hosting for commericial software in the partner repository. In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, this is being replaced by the Ubuntu App Store which powers the snap repository's backend.

While the command line tools provide access to free-of-charge snaps without issue, the Ubuntu Software store uses Ubuntu One to handle payment processing and order history (so that previous purchases can be downloaded and installed on any number of systems that you own).

So this is an implementation detail that matches the behavior of the software being replaced by Ubuntu Software.