Tell me about flatpak

Today I did zypper dup and noticed (for the first time) that there are flatpak files being added or updated. I know nothing about flatpak. I thought it was something for ubuntu that’s like zypper. When I ran flatpak --help, there were so many options that do very different things that I couldn’t figure out what you really use it for.

Please tell me what flatpak is all about and is it useful for TW.

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https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/545392-failed-app-install
https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/549931-Security-for-Zoom-meetings
https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/543916-Firejail-sandboxing

Maybe you did install…???

You underestimated Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatpak
Main message there:

Flatpak is a utility for software deployment and package management for Linux. It is advertised as offering a sandbox environment in which users can run application software in isolation from the rest of the system.

So it is NOT a replacement for (or something similar as) a Software Management tool on the system level. It is only for the individual user. I think “sandbox” is a good term to concentrate on.

I think the primary advantage of flatpak is the application is packaged with whatever libraries are required for running it. Personally, the only application I use it for is Spotify. That company seems to gear things towards working on Ubuntu only. I think I had tried every other method of installing/running it, and even when successful the constant updating of TW resulted with a lot of aggravation to getting it to run again after some updates. So far (over a year), the flatpak version has never failed.

I think the primary advantage of flatpak is the application is packaged with whatever libraries are required for running it.

As this allows flatpaks to be made genercially, for any flavour of distribution, and therefore a handy place of last resort if [your] distro doesn’t package essential application “X”.

I use flatpak for Element:Matrix on TW.

I guess I was too timid to try a new software managing procedure. I gave up on Zoom paranoia because I had to take so many meetings (it would be a lot worse if I had a job instead of being retired!) Don’t remember installing flatpak but that is not a surprising thing for me now. See my avatar!

Seems to me that if I use flatpak to install Zoom software, firejail is unnecessary. I know that is off topic but your links gave me a reason to think.