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Docker desktop applications

This repository aims to start nonfree linux applications inside of a docker container in order to encapsulate the nonfree dependencies and guard the host system.

Applications in this repository are the ones that I personally would like to use, but feel pretty uncomfortable with having their sources.


To start an application use make run app=APP_NAME (APP_NAME being the name of folder containing the dockerfile).

Questions you might be asking

Why build this when the excellent repository of Jessie Frazelle exists?

There are 2 main reasons for this:

  1. Jessie Frazelle's images don't handle sound via pulseaudio
  2. I just wanted to experiment with what's possible with containers.

Why are firefox, chromium & audacity in here if the goal is to encapsulate non-free software

Those were my first steps into desktop applications inside of containers

Why is google chrome started with --no-sandbox

I am currently investigating how to properly start chrome. Using --no-sandbox is not a good solution.

Running an editor this way makes no sense

You are right, running an editor using make run makes no sense - Let make build app=APP_NAME build the image and launch the editor using the following command:

$ docker run --rm \
	-v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
	-v $(pwd):/current \
	j6s/vscode \
	code --wait /current

This will mount the current directory as /current. PHPStorm works in a similar fashion.


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