Is there something inherent in snaps that makes this easier or better
than debs? For example, do snaps support multiple installable versions
of the same package name?

If snaps aren’t inherently better, the same thing could be done with
debs using the usual convention for having multiple versions in the
archive simultaneously: having zfsutils0.6 and zfsutils0.7 source
packages producing similarly versioned-in-the-name binary packages
(which in this case conflict as they are not co-installable). Each would
depend on an appropriate kernel package that has the matching module.
Then zfsutils-linux would be an empty package with: Depends: zfsutils-
linux0.7 | zfsutils-linux0.6.

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  Suggestion to make zfsutils-linux a snap

Status in zfs-linux package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  This circumvents the need to keep it on the same major version
  throughout the LTS cycle. LXD is doing snaps, perhaps for zfs this is
  the best approach as well.

  Xenial still has zfsutils on generation 0.6, with the module on 0.7.
  Even when patches are applied as needed that approach has its
  limitations. E.g. the Bionic cycle might possibly see 2 major zfs
  releases, who'll say.

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