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Provide an AppImage for Linux #407

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probonopd opened this Issue Mar 19, 2017 · 5 comments

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probonopd commented Mar 19, 2017

Providing an AppImage would have, among others, these advantages:

  • Works for most Linux distributions (including Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, elementaryOS, Linux Mint, and others)
  • One app = one file = super simple for users: just download one AppImage file, make it executable, and run
  • No unpacking or installation necessary
  • No root needed
  • No system libraries changed
  • Just one format for all major distributions
  • Works out of the box, no installation of runtimes needed (unlike Snap and Flatpak)
  • Optional desktop integration with appimaged
  • Optional binary delta updates, e.g., for continuous builds (only download the binary diff) using AppImageUpdate
  • Can optionally GPG2-sign your AppImages (inside the file)
  • Works on Live ISOs (unlike Flatpak)
  • Can use the same AppImages when dual-booting multiple distributions

Here is an overview of projects that are already distributing upstream-provided, official AppImages.

Since you are already using Travis CI, you might be able to use linuxdeployqt similar to this project:
https://github.com/jeena/FeedTheMonkey/blob/master/.travis.yml

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ManuelSchneid3r commented Mar 20, 2017

Do appimages recognize and share identical shared libraries shipped in several appimages?

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ManuelSchneid3r commented Apr 16, 2017

@probonopd do you volunteer for packaging? I am the developer and packager for AUR. I cant serve as packager for all distributions.

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probonopd commented Apr 16, 2017

@ManuelSchneid3r yes I have it almost running but I am bumping into #198 right now. Getting FATAL: FATAL: Stylefile not found: Bright.

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ManuelSchneid3r commented Jul 30, 2017

This issue is related to deployment not the source itself. I don't have the time to handle deployment on all platforms. I am going to close this issue. If you have spare time I'd appreciate your support in deployment/packaging.

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probonopd commented Jul 31, 2017

@ManuelSchneid3r actually this question is related to me trying to deploy/package it...

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