LinuxPA is a try to bring a PortableApps.com type launcher to Linux.
How to use
Just double click on an app to launch it! If there are multiple executables, you can either select the specific executable, or if you just double click the app it'll launch the first linux executable it finds. .sh script files have priority over other executable files.
The below place provides linux executables that don't need libs installed on the host system:
LinuxPA works will with the PortableApps.com launcher, as it looks for apps in the PortableApps folder and grabs the app's name and icon from where it should be in the PortableApps.com format.
My forum at PortableApps.com can be found here.
common.sh is found in the PortableApps/LinuxPACom folder and is executed before the app. I mainly use it to set environment variables (such as HOME). You can create and edit the common.sh from settings
Simple App Setup
Because apps aren't natively formated in the PortableApps.com format, LinuxPA will look in the root directory for a AppInfo.ini (for basic info such as category and name) and appicon.png. If they aren't found, it looks where the appicon_*.png and AppInfo.ini is in PortableApps format. You can set what the AppInfo.ini and appicon.png are from LinuxPA.
Right now AppImages are simply supported via the native linux executable support, and you can download AppImages. (Woo)
Unfortunately Linux, by default, doesn't support running executables off of FAT formated flash drives, requiring you to mount your drive with special mount arguments or format in a linux friendly format (such as EXT4). I personally use the arguments
Photos are found Here. The screenshots are with the adapta gtk theme
TODO (Might be in order)
- MAKE IT BETTER
- Manual update check
- Better AppImage integrations (Specifically updating, getting information from the appimage, and better appimage downloading)
- Automagic appimage updating (It will of course ask you beforehand)
- Get information (such as name and icon) directly from an appimage
- Better appimage downloading (probably based around AppImageHub)
- Sandboxing support
- Check if all apps are closed when it closes and ask if you want to force stop the apps