Simplenote, the popular note-taking app, is now available as a Snap on Linux


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Simplenote is one of the most popular note-taking services around, and it’s just gotten easier to use on Linux.

Launched last year, the official Simplenote Linux app is available as a Snap on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

The simple, straightforward note-taking service offers cloud sync and backup across devices, boasts some minor collaborative sharing features, and throws in fast search and note tagging for efficient organisation.

It also has a handy revisions feature that lets you seamlessly slide back through earlier drafts of any note:

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Timeline lets you quickly skim back through earlier drafts

Simplenote is owned by Automattic, the company behind the open-source blogging platform Wordpress. Every Simplenote app is open-source.

The Simplenote Snap has a couple of minor issues versus the standalone version available from Simplenote’s Github. Future updates to the app and/or Snappy will fix things like poor system theme integration:

And, on GNOME Shell, icon/task assignment issues in the apps dash/favourites dock:

Snap apps… What are those again?

Snap apps allow software makers to quickly and conveniently package up and distribute to  millions of Linux users. Anyone running a Snap-supported Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, and OpenSUSE, can install Snap apps.

Snap software is automatically updated in the background, and should an update ever go awry transactional update features means developers can quickly “roll back” those affected to an earlier, working release.

Install Simplenote Linux App

Never tried Simplenote? C’mon, you’re missing out!

Thankfully it’s easy to install Simplenote on Ubuntu, as well as on any other Snap-supporting Linux distro.

Now, a word of caution here: although the standalone Simplenote Linux app is considered stable the Snap version is currently in beta.

To install the Simplenote Snap on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or later, as well as other Linux distributions like Arch, Fedora, etc, you’ll need to use the command line:

sudo snap install simplenote --beta

Once the app graduates from beta to stable you won’t need to add the --beta channel flat or run a command at all as Simplenote will be discoverable in Ubuntu Software.

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