Snap, flatpak, appimage the battle for the sandboxed app distribution battle is raging on. With every Linux user and developer having their 2 cents worth as to their preference. Personally, I think they’re all good in different ways. But being as they are all Linux based if you use a distribution that doesn’t provide one out of the box (I.e Ubuntu shipping with snap package support.) You can easily install mechanisms to support others. Here we are going to look at installing flatpaks into Ubuntu and derivatives, although it is installed by default in mint.
To set up simple add the PPA by opening a Terminal and adding:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flatpak
Next, Install the Flatpak Software plugin to add applications without the command line.
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak
And finally add the flathub repository:
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Reboot your system and head over to the Flatpak store https://flathub.org/ to start installing apps.
What’s your prefered method of installing? Do you have some good Flatpak apps to recommend? Let us know in the comments.