Little bit of good news to start Tuesday, as the excellent livestreaming and recording software OBS Studio got another good donation recently, this time from Red Hat.

Red Hat certainly aren't the first big company to help fund OBS development, software that has become essential for so many different uses. Nice to see a bigger Linux and open source company jump in though with the confirmation of the $10,000 donation on Twitter.

This actually puts Red Hat in the top 5 of companies who have donated to OBS via their OpenCollective campaign.

In other OBS related news, it seems they're going to be moving their official Linux packages over to Flatpak rather than just having an official PPA for Ubuntu. This is fantastic news, as it means all the proper service integration will be easily available to all Linux users.

We still remember trying to livestream on Linux before OBS Studio came along, what a complete pain that was. OBS is another incredible project that really shows the power of open source. Super useful for other uses too because of all the easy to use plugins from podcasts to plain video content creation.

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CyborgZeta 21 Dec, 2021
Good. I want to see more Flatpak adoption.
Fredrik 21 Dec, 2021
Oh too bad, flatpaks rarely work on my system and if they do they are buggy and slow.
Lofty 21 Dec, 2021
i like flatpaks they have their uses.

flatseal-kek
kon14 21 Dec, 2021
QuoteIn other OBS related news, it seems they're going to be moving their official Linux packages over to Flatpak rather than just having an official PPA for Ubuntu.

Awesome news. A special thanks to Georges Stavracas for his contributions to Flatpak and OBS.
lectrode 21 Dec, 2021
Quoting: Loftyi like flatpaks they have their uses.

Spoiler, click me
flatseal-kek

It looks like network access is required to open multiple instances of Audacity.

I would test, but I can't even get the flatpak version of audacity to launch past the splash window. Other flatpaks work fine (flatseal, authenticator). Audacity from the repos works fine.


Last edited by lectrode on 21 December 2021 at 7:10 pm UTC
Lofty 21 Dec, 2021
Quoting: lectrodeIt looks like network access is required to open multiple instances of Audacity.

Nope, i have it open. network disconnected. Just click 'new' within audacity and it creates a new separate window instance.

auderpcity



QuoteI would test, but I can't even get the flatpak version of audacity to launch past the splash window. Other flatpaks work fine (flatseal, authenticator). Audacity from the repos works fine.

works fine for me on Linux mint Una 20.3. My system is as standard as you can get.

Flatpak version 1.11.2

you can type flatpak --version in the terminal to find out what version you have. also Mint is not updating installed flatpaks from the software center automatically for me. I use the: 'flatpak update' command from the terminal to update them (also turned it into a script)

thx
feaneron 21 Dec, 2021
In addition to Rodney, allow me to clarify another point: there is no connection between Red Hat's donation, and the Flatpak work. Publishing OBS Studio to Flathub was an effort lead entirely by the community, and contributors have been working on it for many months now.
Purple Library Guy 21 Dec, 2021
Quoting: feaneronIn addition to Rodney, allow me to clarify another point: there is no connection between Red Hat's donation, and the Flatpak work. Publishing OBS Studio to Flathub was an effort lead entirely by the community, and contributors have been working on it for many months now.
That's great.
Makes me wonder about one thing, though--I thought one of the deals with Flatpak was supposed to be it wouldn't take whole communities months to make decent packages? Just saying, doesn't seem like ease of use, you know?


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 21 December 2021 at 10:17 pm UTC
feaneron 22 Dec, 2021
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThat's great.
Makes me wonder about one thing, though--I thought one of the deals with Flatpak was supposed to be it wouldn't take whole communities months to make decent packages? Just saying, doesn't seem like ease of use, you know?
It did not take months to package it, only a few hours. What took months was improving the whole stack, from adapting OBS Studio to use portals, to adding new features to existing portals, to adding new features to the Flatpak tooling itself, to figuring out a deploy pipeline from GitHub to Flathub - OBS Studio is the first application in history to publish directly from GitHub to Flathub. In the end, these months were well spent; the platform was improved, and the entire community - users and developers alike - will reap the benefits of the work we've done.
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