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Linus Torvalds on #AppImage:
This is just very cool.

I finally got around to play with the "AppImage" version of +Subsurface, and it really does seem to "just work".

It not only allows for a project to create a complex Linux application (in the case of subsurface, one that uses very recent library versions that many distributions don't even have available yet) that works on multiple distributions, you don't even need to really even install it. Download a file, mark it executable, and run it.

It comes with its own little embedded compressed ISO filesystem that gets mounted and contains all the required libraries.

Sure, it means that the end result is much bigger than a distro-native binary would be, but if you want a way to build applications for your users without limiting them to a particular distribution, or having to build fifteen different images, it really looks like it works very well.
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If you like +Linux, #AppImage, +Nitrux, Travis CI, Open Build Service, then you might be interested in this job (I have no commercial relationship with the poster of it).
#Nitrux #Linux #Job #JobListings

Application Builder and Deployer

Nitrux is looking for people with knowledge in packaging and deploying portable applications using AppImage and Travis CI or OBS.

The Application Builder and Deployer is responsible for the support and maintenance of applications created using the AppImage format (https://appimage.org/) on a continuous integration service.

We require:

• Experience in C
• Experience in C++
• Knowledge in Qt
• Ability to work in a team
• Eye for detail and identifying problems
• Experience with Git version control
• Experience with Travis CI or Open Build Services OBS.
• Experience working in a Linux desktop environment.

As an Application Builder and Deployer we expect you to:

• Build and maintain applications packaged as AppImages.
• Creating a system to automatically build AppImages.
• Working closely with staff
• Testing the product in controlled, real situations before going live.
• Maintaining the systems once they are up and running.

We're located in Mexico but the job can be done remotely.

Salary: €1500.00/mo.
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Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of the #AppImage community. A lot has happened in 2017 in the world of single-file executables for #Linux. Check out the AppImageHub central directory of available AppImages at https://appimage.github.io/apps/. Your contributions are appreciated!
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+Stellarium is now available as an #AppImage for Linux which means you can download the very latest version straight from the development team and run it on most Linux distributions. https://github.com/Stellarium/stellarium/releases Thanks to the +Stellarium team for providing an #AppImage for download.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. http://stellarium.org - AppImage is a format for distributing applications directly from upstream authors to end users without intermediaries. https://appimage.org/
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A year ago, I wrote about building the AppImage ecosystem.

https://plus.google.com/u/1/105493415534008524873/posts/ESo2DTVbue7

Now, somewhat over a year later, I'm happy to say that there has been great progress on all the topics mentioned there.

* A central registry of available AppImages: See https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageHub for an initial implementation. Your contributions are welcome. In the meantime, there is the ever-growing list of AppImages at https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageKit/wiki/AppImages.
* Software catalog websites: See https://www.linux-appimages.org/ for an initial third-party implementation.
* Software centers: Work us underway on getting #KDE Discover to display AppImages using a knsrc file. Your contributions are welcome.
* AppImage build farms (as I called it a year ago): See https://git.io/obs-ai for how to use AppImage with the +Open Build Service. Much, much better than what I had envisioned, and already over 10 years of experience.
* Embeddable updater library: See https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageUpdate which will be turned into a library. Your contributions are welcome.

The #AppImage ecosystem is starting to come together nicely.
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#AppImage continues to gain traction. Keep up the Word of Mouth and check the rapidly growing list of upstream-provided AppImages at https://github.com/AppImage/AppImageKit/wiki/AppImages.

AppImage is roughly the eqivalent of an ".exe" for Windows or a ".dmg" for macOS - a single file that you can download directly from the website of an application author and run on most common Linux distributions without the need for a package manager, root rights, repositories, or other complicated steps.

http://appimage.org/
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+Bryan Lunduke nails the problem of Linux deployment in large organizations and provides two solutions, namely application bundle systems such as #AppImage, and the +Open Build Service: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3199032/linux/the-problem-with-linux-packaging-in-large-organizations.html

If we don't want to wait sitting around waiting for the "glorious (and ridiculously delusional) day" on which all Linux distributions dinally standardize on a package format, let's combine the power of the two solutions. In fact, this is what +Adrian Schröter and I have presented at the openSUSE Conference just this last weekend: https://speakerdeck.com/probonopd/opensuse-conference-2017-obs-b-appimage
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On the +openSUSE Conference 2017 this weekend, +Adrian Schröter and I announced support for building #AppImage application bundles on the openSUSE Build Service (OBS).

Providing desktop applications to Linux users has traditionally been cumbersome. Lately, application bundle formats like #AppImage, #Flatpak, and +Snapcraft have gained popularity in the Linux world, with Linux Torvalds calling AppImage "just great" and users appreciating the ease of the "one app = one file" concept. On the flipside, it has been argued (e.g., by openSUSE Chairman +Richard Brown) that distributing application bundles places additional burden on upstream application authors, who now also need to keep the bundled libraries up-to-date. Tools used by distributions can greatly mitigate this, by ensuring reproducible, up-to-date builds from trusted sources.

Thanks to the heavy lifting done by +Adrian Schröter, providing quality AppImages just got so much better by leveraging the proven infrastructure and rigorous distribution methodologies that the openSUSE Build Service provides. OBS is a system to build and distribute packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way that lets developers distribute software for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures. As such, it turns out to be a perfect match for AppImage, a format for distributing Linux applications to users of multiple distributions in a simple, no-nonsense way.

As they say in Nürnberg:
Have a lot of fun!

Slides:
https://speakerdeck.com/probonopd/opensuse-conference-2017-obs-b-appimage
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I think I have a strange love for simple things. When I have tried to flash multiple format of images to sd cards and other devices - I wanted to have simple app - that even my grandma can use - click over here, select there, and done. Today I have found and Appimage packaged http://resin.io app called Echer. It's really nothing fancy, just flashing images that the user select, and for the whole app the appimage solution gives no extra dependency, headache. Just click - installed. Yet, still marked as beta, but works for me. Cleanly, since I have it. Here you go, FOSS bonbon for today. Check it if you love simple things.

https://etcher.io/
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