Create one app bundle and distribute it to the entire Linux desktop market.
Runtimes provide stable sets of dependencies that can be used by applications.
Develop and test your application in an environment that’s identical to the one users have.
Dependencies that aren’t in a runtime can be bundled as part of an application. Versions of the dependencies that are used can be fixed and patched.
Flatpak’s build tools are simple and easy to use, and come with a full set of documentation.
Runtimes are forward compatible, irrespective of distribution changes. Flatpak applications run on new Linux distribution versions as they are released.
Bringing Flatpak technology into Debian enables us to run applications in a predictable environment with their most suitable library stack, without compromising the base OS's stability and flexibility.
At Endless, we’re proud to be a part of this movement and have fully embraced Flatpak by readily converting all of our applications for our upcoming release and continuing to build new Flatpak apps.
The Fedora Workstation team are very excited about Flatpak and the prospects it brings for making the Linux desktop easier to develop for. We plan to continue supporting this effort going forward.
Flatpak will enable us (as a Linux ISV) to distribute a better LibreOffice, with up-to-date dependencies and a platform that can run on many systems. I’m excited to see that happen.