Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 12:29 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Gnome "Some GNOME developers are planning to implement an app format that allows developers to provide their Linux programs in distribution-independent files that can be installed as easily as smartphone apps. A sandbox model is supposed to isolate the apps from each other, and from the rest of the system, in a way that goes further than the isolation in current Linux distributions. Various developers worked to conceptualise such "Linux apps" at the GNOME Developer Experience Hackfest, which was held in the run-up to FOSDEM 2013 in Brussels. At the hackfest, the GNOME developers also declared JavaScript as the de-facto standard for GNOME programming." Right, because they haven't alienated enough of their users.
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by Tom5 on Wed 6th Feb 2013 17:29 UTC
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"GNOME developers are planning to implement an app format that allows developers to provide their Linux programs in distribution-independent files that can be installed as easily as smartphone apps."

I wonder what this will do that http://0install.net doesn't? Anyone know if they rejected it for some reason?

Portals sound interesting:

"When opening a file, the main system's open file dialog would act as the portal provider; the app will only be given access to the selected file once the user has pressed the "open" button."

In 0install, this is called a power-box. There's a demo here:

http://0install.net/ebox.html

Hopefully there can be some sharing of ideas/code between these projects...

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