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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Gnome app store?
by snowbender on Wed 6th Feb 2013 19:59 UTC
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So basically, they will create some kind of zip that bundles the executable (for 1 architecture, or multiple architectures?) together with dependent libraries and data. And then they'll provide some kind of container to execute those files. The container will then check the requirements and setup a sandbox.

And, this is just my guess, they will probably make those "apps" available in some kind of gnome app store and the user will be able to download them and install them in the user's home directory after download.

If that is the case, it wouldn't really have any impact on traditional linux package managers.

Or am I thinking too much here?

Don't really know what to think of it, but if that's their idea, it doesn't sound too bad. In that case, I would hope they don't make it too gnome specific (but that would be wishful thinking). On the other hand, I've stopped using Gnome, and went back to a more barebones linux desktop.

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