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Re: About application distribution in GNU/Linux

From: Alan Mead
Subject: Re: About application distribution in GNU/Linux
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 18:07:30 -0500
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The place to discuss this with developers is pspp-dev.

The PSPP devs can speak for themselves, but I think that they would/will say that packaging PSPP is now what they do.  So, if you or someone else wanted to package PSPP using flagpak, I think they would welcome that and support it by answering questions.  But the only official release PSPP makes is to drop a source tarball onto the GNU FTP server.

Regarding flatpak, I'm not familiar with it, but it looks like a container system. Is that right?  What specific problem would flatpak solve that is plaguing PSPP?


On 5/30/2016 2:16 PM, Charles Johnson wrote:

Hi, I wanted to propose a topic that has been in debate for the -rushed- release of Snap, the new packages system by Canonical in Ubuntu 16.04.

Moreover, Flatpak (aka xdg-app) is the distribution package system closer to becoming a standard in gnu/linux because of its performance and independently of the operating system for proper operation.

Both systems are functional but are now awaiting complementary technologies such as Wayland/MIR, however, Flatpak is available in most distributions (Ubuntu included). There are several applications packaged as Flatpack and even some LibreOffice developers have long been testing this system to distribute its software

I think it would be very good idea to consider PSPP developers distribute as a Flatpak package officially, as it would be available in most distributions with its latest updates. What do you think?

If a PSPP developer has read this what do you think about that?


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