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What you consume will depend on where you are and what your interests happen to be.
The heart of Ubuntu is a collection of ‘deb’ packages which are tested and integrated so that they work well as a set.
Canonical publishes new releases of Ubuntu on a regular cadence, enabling the community, businesses and developers to plan their roadmaps with certainty of access to newer open source upstream capabilities.
LTS or ‘Long Term Support’ releases are published every two years in April.
If you want to install a high-profile app like Skype or a toolchain like the latest version of Golang, you probably want the snap because it will give you fresher versions and more control of the specific major versions you want to track.
It is also common to consume Ubuntu as an image on a public cloud, or as a container.If your Linode is running a release of Ubuntu older than 14.04 LTS, use the upgrade guides in the Upgrading section to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS first.You may then upgrade your Linode to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This guide explains how to upgrade your Linode from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) to Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).The upgrade may be incomplete or your system may be corrupted if your internet connection is interrupted.