GNOME's Sandboxing Tech "XDG-App" Now Renamed To "Flatpak"
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 13 May 2016 at 12:41 PM EDT. 32 Comments
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For the past number of months GNOME developers have been working on XDG-App as their sandboxing mechanism for desktop applications built atop Linux standards. XDG-App is now no more but say hello to Flatpak.

XDG-App has been about sandboxing applications for greater security by providing minimal access to the host and making it easier for third-parties to distribute applications across distributions. This application sandboxing has relied upon CGroups, Namespaces, SELinux, and moving towards KDBUS and Wayland too for greater security and features.

But the developers behind XDG-App have now decided to come up with a new name for the project: Flatpak. It was announced earlier this week by Red Hat's Alexander Larsson that XDG-App has been renamed to Flatpak. Details via this mailing list message.

What do you think of the new name? Let us know via the forums.
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