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You can now support the Flatpak package format on Open Collective

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Flatpak is the next-generation of packing applications and games for Linux and now you can directly support it.

The idea behind Flatpak is that anything packaged up with it will work across multiple distributions, with a stable environment for everything thanks to common libraries to link against and developers can add any dependencies they need right into the package to ensure it works everywhere. Sandboxing is another prominent feature and one of the main goals of Flatpak packages, to increase security by isolating applications from each other with sandboxing and giving limited access to your operating system.

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There's also Snap packages supported by Canonical as another next-gen format for Linux, but one of the problems there that we've seen people talk often about is how the back-end supporting it all is proprietary and tightly controlled whereas Flatpaks are fully open source. You can learn a lot more about Flatpak at this link.

For Flatpak installs you can use the Flathub website, which is the most convenient but anyone can host their own repository too.

Just recently the team announced they've setup an Open Collective effort to gather more funding, so now you too can help push forward this newer packaging format. Open Collective is pretty slick, as it keeps all the finances open so you can see what goes in and out for it. So if you think Flatpak is important for the future, you can go support it.

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Zlopez 2 Aug
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Quoting: kon14
Quoting: ZlopezI'm personally running an ostree distribution...

Update your PC distro specs and join the Silverblue GoL masterrace my dude

I didn't know there is a Silverblue in PC distro specs. I will update it :-D
kon14 2 Aug
Quoting: Zlopez
Quoting: kon14
Quoting: ZlopezI'm personally running an ostree distribution...

Update your PC distro specs and join the Silverblue GoL masterrace my dude

I didn't know there is a Silverblue in PC distro specs. I will update it :-D

I asked Liam about adding it not too long ago, don't know whether it registers as "Fedora-based" or "Other" in the base distro section though.

edit: Upon further inspection it's separate, but no big deal.


Last edited by kon14 on 2 August 2021 at 11:55 am UTC
Quoting: s8as8aIf you don't need macro compatibility, perhaps you would also like ONLYOFFICE?
Maybe. Looking at those links, it seems potentially decent. But I like LibreOffice fairly well, and I have confidence that it will continue to exist and see updates, and it's open source--does ONLYOFFICE get me anything LibreOffice doesn't?
s8as8a 2 Aug
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: s8as8aIf you don't need macro compatibility, perhaps you would also like ONLYOFFICE?
Maybe. Looking at those links, it seems potentially decent. But I like LibreOffice fairly well, and I have confidence that it will continue to exist and see updates, and it's open source--does ONLYOFFICE get me anything LibreOffice doesn't?
I meant to use it in addition to LibreOffice, not instead of it. In fact, I too prefer LibreOffice overall; what ONLYOFFICE offers is superior Microsoft Office format compatibility (supposedly because its native format(s) is/are Microsoft's proprietary format(s), and it therefore doesn't have to convert from Microsoft's format(s) to its own open one(s), like LibreOffice does), and, as can be seen on the Flathub page, ONLYOFFICE is also free as in freedom. (I should probably have said that last time. ;P)

Also, for what it's worth, in my case, using ONLYOFFICE on the cloud also allows me to have a free-as-in-money office suite that is more free as in freedom, has better compatibility with Microsoft Office and is less likely to spy on me than Google Docs (or Office 365!).
Quoting: s8as8a
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: s8as8aIf you don't need macro compatibility, perhaps you would also like ONLYOFFICE?
Maybe. Looking at those links, it seems potentially decent. But I like LibreOffice fairly well, and I have confidence that it will continue to exist and see updates, and it's open source--does ONLYOFFICE get me anything LibreOffice doesn't?
I meant to use it in addition to LibreOffice, not instead of it. In fact, I too prefer LibreOffice overall; what ONLYOFFICE offers is superior Microsoft Office format compatibility (supposedly because its native format(s) is/are Microsoft's proprietary format(s), and it therefore doesn't have to convert from Microsoft's format(s) to its own open one(s), like LibreOffice does), and, as can be seen on the Flathub page, ONLYOFFICE is also free as in freedom. (I should probably have said that last time. ;P)

Also, for what it's worth, in my case, using ONLYOFFICE on the cloud also allows me to have a free-as-in-money office suite that is more free as in freedom, has better compatibility with Microsoft Office and is less likely to spy on me than Google Docs (or Office 365!).
Interesting points. I might look into it, especially if I find myself wanting to do some cloudy-stuff.
s8as8a 3 Aug
All right, glad to have potentially helped. :)


Last edited by s8as8a on 3 August 2021 at 9:24 am UTC
Klaus 4 Aug
Quoting: s8as8a
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: s8as8aIf you don't need macro compatibility, perhaps you would also like ONLYOFFICE?
Maybe. Looking at those links, it seems potentially decent. But I like LibreOffice fairly well, and I have confidence that it will continue to exist and see updates, and it's open source--does ONLYOFFICE get me anything LibreOffice doesn't?
I meant to use it in addition to LibreOffice, not instead of it. In fact, I too prefer LibreOffice overall; what ONLYOFFICE offers is superior Microsoft Office format compatibility (supposedly because its native format(s) is/are Microsoft's proprietary format(s), and it therefore doesn't have to convert from Microsoft's format(s) to its own open one(s), like LibreOffice does), and, as can be seen on the Flathub page, ONLYOFFICE is also free as in freedom. (I should probably have said that last time. ;P)

Also, for what it's worth, in my case, using ONLYOFFICE on the cloud also allows me to have a free-as-in-money office suite that is more free as in freedom, has better compatibility with Microsoft Office and is less likely to spy on me than Google Docs (or Office 365!).

I gave OnlyOffice a try. For basic office use it is fine and breaks Microsoft documents less than OpenOffice, but for my use it turned out too incomplete.

For instance, when editing Powerpoint slides some bullet point symbols would be encoded and decoded incorrectly, and there is no method for editing the slide master yet.

The equation editor has some weird bugs and omissions, that affect productivity worse than running Microsoft Office in a VM.

Overall it leaves the feeling of "why would I use this, when I already have an MS Office license?" At home I don't, and I don't need the extended features, so there I use LibreOffice and OnlyOffice. At work, I use OnlyOffice only as a viewer for MS Office documents, so I don't have to switch to the VM.
s8as8a 12 Aug
Quoting: Klaus
Quoting: s8as8a
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: s8as8aIf you don't need macro compatibility, perhaps you would also like ONLYOFFICE?
Maybe. Looking at those links, it seems potentially decent. But I like LibreOffice fairly well, and I have confidence that it will continue to exist and see updates, and it's open source--does ONLYOFFICE get me anything LibreOffice doesn't?
I meant to use it in addition to LibreOffice, not instead of it. In fact, I too prefer LibreOffice overall; what ONLYOFFICE offers is superior Microsoft Office format compatibility (supposedly because its native format(s) is/are Microsoft's proprietary format(s), and it therefore doesn't have to convert from Microsoft's format(s) to its own open one(s), like LibreOffice does), and, as can be seen on the Flathub page, ONLYOFFICE is also free as in freedom. (I should probably have said that last time. ;P)

Also, for what it's worth, in my case, using ONLYOFFICE on the cloud also allows me to have a free-as-in-money office suite that is more free as in freedom, has better compatibility with Microsoft Office and is less likely to spy on me than Google Docs (or Office 365!).

I gave OnlyOffice a try. For basic office use it is fine and breaks Microsoft documents less than OpenOffice, but for my use it turned out too incomplete.

For instance, when editing Powerpoint slides some bullet point symbols would be encoded and decoded incorrectly, and there is no method for editing the slide master yet.

The equation editor has some weird bugs and omissions, that affect productivity worse than running Microsoft Office in a VM.

Overall it leaves the feeling of "why would I use this, when I already have an MS Office license?" At home I don't, and I don't need the extended features, so there I use LibreOffice and OnlyOffice. At work, I use OnlyOffice only as a viewer for MS Office documents, so I don't have to switch to the VM.
Oh, thanks for your feedback. I'll likely mention your experience to anyone with whom I talk about ONLYOFFICE.

In my experience, it worked well with every file I used, even with documents that weren't properly imported by LibreOffice. Having said that, it occurs to me that I didn't do much editing with it, though, mostly just viewing.

P.S.
Sorry for the delay in my response.
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