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Flatpak changes app distribution for the better. Advantages include:
Create one app and distribute it to the entire Linux desktop market.
Runtimes provide platforms of common libraries that you can depend on.
Develop and test your application in an environment that’s identical to the one users have.
Flatpak makes it easy to bundle your own libraries as part of your app.
Flatpak’s build tools are simple and easy to use, and come with a full set of documentation.
Flatpak apps continue to be compatible with new versions of Linux distributions.
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Flatpak is developed by an independent community, with no lock-in to a single vendor.
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.