AppImage – One app framework to distro them all

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Posts:
    8,695
    Have you ever dreamed of the day when running Linux applications on any which distro would be a trivial task? So have I. Now, maybe, there's a solution to our cross-distro plea. It's called AppImage, and it's supposed to be the one ring to find them all and in the nerdness bind them. Or as the Highlander tagline says, there can only be one. Or something. My latest OCS-Mag article, enjoyski.

    http://www.ocsmag.com/2016/08/22/appimage/


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Posts:
    1,438
    You can convert packages built for one packaging kit to another but its messy and most people don't bother.

    Linux's anarchy in part is due to the fact you have Debian and Red Hat and the twain will never meet.

    AppImage has a long way to go before its usable by average folks who are not programmers like Mrk.

    All they care about is installing their favorite program and running it. Just like they do in Windows.
     
  3. fblais

    fblais Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Posts:
    836
    Location:
    Québec, Canada
    Correct me if I'm wrong but what seems difficult is building AppImages, not using them, no?
     
  4. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Posts:
    1,438
    Yup. Mrk is a programmer and building AppImage from scratch was laborious.

    What he said in his review is most folks simply want to install and run their programs.

    Its easy to do in Windows but Linux still has nothing comparable.
     
  5. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Posts:
    8,695
    I should change that old sig :)
    I'm more of an artist now. A Linux artist.
    Mrk
     
  6. AutoCascade

    AutoCascade Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2014
    Posts:
    624
    Location:
    United States
Loading...