Canonical has been addressing one of the key concerns people express about the company's Snap package format. Specifically, start-up performance of Snap packages, such as Firefox, is a common problem people discuss. Canonical has been trying to address the load times of Snap packages, particularly Firefox in a number of ways. One of the approaches involves an improvement to how the kernel deals with squashfs archives which are how Snap packages are distributed. "Ubuntu 22.10 introduced a new kernel configuration that enables the use of multi-threaded CPU decompression for squashfs. This should add further reductions to Firefox start up times. The benefits of this change will vary depending on the specs of your machine, with newer CPU generations seeing the biggest gains. This change was also recently backported to Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS. Please let us know if you experience a significant improvement in our Firefox Snap performance discourse thread."
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