I have just updated the LibreOffice snap package. The size of the package available for download created some confusion. As LibreOffice 5.2 is still in beta, I built and packed it with full debug symbols to allow analysis of possible problems. Comparing this to the size of e.g. the default install from Ubuntu *.deb packages is misleading:
The Ubuntu default install misses LibreOffice Base and Java unless you explicitly install them
The Ubuntu default install misses debug symbols unless you install the package libreoffice-dbg too
As many people are just curious about running LibreOffice 5.2 without wanting to debug it right now, I replaced the snap package. The download and install instructions are still the same as noted here — but it is now 287MB instead of 1015MB (and it still contains Base, but no debug symbols).
The package file including full debug symbols — in case you are interested in that — has been renamed to libreoffice-debug.
(Note that if you downloaded the file while I moved files around, you might need to redo your download.)
and there you have a version of LibreOffice 5.2 running — for example, you can prepare yourself for the upcoming LibreOffice Bug Hunting Session. And its even quite easy to remove again:
sudo snap remove libreoffice
This is one of the things that snap packages will make a lot easier: upgrading or downgrading versions of an application, having multiple installed in parallel and much more. Watch out as there are more exciting news about this coming up!
Update: As this has been asked a few times: Yes, snap packages are available on Ubuntu. No, snap packages are not only available on Ubuntu. This text has more details.
Update 2: The original download included debug symbols and thus was quite big. The download now has 287MB. This post has all the details.