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    Phoronix: KDE Plasma Leaning Towards Focusing On Flatpak Over AppImage/Snaps

    Veteran KDE developer Sebastian Kügler has written a blog post following the Plasma Sprint that just happened recently in Stuttgart. A few interesting details were shared...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...t-App-Bundling

  • #2
    In what ways is Flatpak more advance?

    and as far as I know you don't need to use Ubuntu's store to use Snappy, it's just the default.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Up123 View Post
      In what ways is Flatpak more advance?
      It doesn't have major involvement by Canonical

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post

        It doesn't have major involvement by Canonical
        did they murder your family or why the grudge against them?

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        • #5
          "Leaning towards" is Sebas's opinion, it most certainly does not reflect everyone hence the quite clear sentence about the official position.


          Personally I'm massively in favour of Snaps; it reuses existing communication interfaces instead of making all apps talk through a portal. That's going to be limiting, require changes in the apps and (IMHO) lead to the project not getting much traction.

          But that's not an official position of the entire Plasma team; which is frankly moot anyway as by definition Plasma isn't applications and our opinion doesn't matter much.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Up123 View Post

            did they murder your family or why the grudge against them?
            The post explains the danger...

            > by adopting a technology for a process as important as software distribution that could be switched off by a single company. This would pose an unacceptable risk, and it would send the wrong signal to the rest of the Free software community.

            Also you could look at past example of Canonical splitting from community efforts, i.e Wayland -> Mir and Gnome -> Unity

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            • #7
              Snaps do not require any connection with Ubuntu or Canonical but they do require some sort of central distribution, by design. It's a requirement of secure distribution to only accept updates from an authenticated and authorized source, as has been proved frequently by exploits seen in the wild on things like routers and cameras. You still get your freedoms protected if you're the legitimate owner of a device designed to use snaps, but your security in enjoying those freedoms is enhanced by the inbuilt ability to trust the source of software updates.

              This is one of the salient and most important differentiators between snappy and flatpack.

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              • #8
                I really like Snap's syntax more than Flatpak's.

                I also don't understand why packages installed via Flatpak also have to be run via Flatpak?

                i.e.

                flatpak run application

                Seriously, just compare how you install the same package on Flatpak and Snap. Flatpak first:


                flatpak --user remote-add --no-gpg-verify tutorial-repo repo

                flatpak --user install tutorial-repo org.test.Hello


                Snap:


                snap install hello


                How on earth is flatpak better?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Up123 View Post
                  In what ways is Flatpak more advance?

                  and as far as I know you don't need to use Ubuntu's store to use Snappy, it's just the default.
                  Sandboxing, better dependencies system, not controlled by canonical

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                  • #10
                    incredible how misinformed people are on this board

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