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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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#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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Based on Google search volume, community-based #AppImage is ahead of #Flatpak and #Snapcraft

https://g.co/trends/OdJSE
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@Qt 5.8.0 was just released. Get the (inofficial) Qt Creator #AppImage while it is hot. Run Qt Creator on most 64-bit Linux distributions without the need for installation. https://bintray.com/probono/AppImages/QtCreator/5.8.0#files
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FreeCAD 0.16 / 0.17 AppImage builds

probono, an AppImage developer, has been helping the FreeCAD people to create AppImage bundles of FreeCAD. AppImages should be able to run on most recent Linux distributions.

AppImages are super easy to use: once downloaded, right-click on it to get its properties, and set it to be run as an executable. Then simply double-click it to launch!

For now the AppImage builds are hosted by probono, but they may eventually be hosted on FreeCAD's Github.

https://bintray.com/probono/AppImages/FreeCAD

Click on the wanted version, then on "Files".

If you have problems, please report them over the FreeCAD forum: http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15525

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+1 for upstream packaging, where users get software exactly in the way the authors intended.
Pre-version of digiKam 5.4.0 AppImage bundle work perfectly under Ubuntu, in opposite of current 5.x official package which crash immediately...

Note : Using Ubuntu in 5 minutes, and i can judge that desktop is not suitable so far... I will never promote this OS...
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