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This page provides a brief timeline of Flatpak's history. It provides information on previous bundling projects and proposal documents.
August 2007 - initial release of Glick, Alex's first application bundling project
November 2011 - release of Glick 2, Alex's second application bundling project
July 2012 - "GNOME OS" session held at GUADEC: a high level discussion of GNOME application developer experience (see minutes). One outcome was a commitment to plan a new application bundling format.
September 2012 - Alex releases experimental "bundler" framework
January 2013 - planning meetings at GNOME Developer Experience hackfest, Brussels
- Discussion of "Linux Apps" proposal
- Concept of Portals first developed
- See Alex's blog post report
- In attendance: Colin Walters, Lennart Poettering, Greg Kroah-Hartman, ...
December 2014 - work begins on xdg-app (first commit was on 2014-12-17)
September 2015 - initial xdg-app release (see GNOME release notes)
March 2016 - first major xdg-app release (see GNOME release notes)
- Full set of tooling and runtimes available for the first time
- Endless OS 3.0 released, the first publicly available OS to use Flatpak by default
- Adoption of Flatpak by Apertis IVI becomes public knowledge
October 2016 - Flatpak 0.6.13 released. Introduces major command line improvements, automatic checking and installation for runtimes, capabilities that allow applications that cannot be freely redistributed (like Spotify and Skype) to use Flatpak.
November 2016 - ClearLinux announces their adoption of Flatpak