[Beowulf] flatpack

Gerald Henriksen ghenriks at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 06:39:09 PDT 2019

On Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:47:30 -0700, you wrote:

>On 22/7/19 10:40 pm, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
>> So in a nut shell this is taking dockerization/ containerization and
>> making it more for the every day Linux user instead of the HPC user?
>I don't think this goes as far as containers with isolation, as I think 
>that's not what they're trying to do. But it does seem they're thinking 
>along those lines.

Flatpack is aimed at the desktop, and as it requires assorted desktop
technologies isn't meant to work on servers (which is in some ways

As it is meant for desktop apps some of the isolation goals of
something like Docker don't work so well, but the intent is to try and
make things "safer" than just installing a binary and running it.

>> It would be interesting to have a distro built around such a setup.
>I think this is targeting cross-distro applications.  With all the 
>duplication of libraries, etc, a distro using it would be quite bulky.

While it is cross-distro, there is a project from Fedora to build a
desktop distribution around it called Silverblue


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