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View Poll Results: Universal Packaging Format of the Year
Appimage 47 44.76%
Flatpak 31 29.52%
Snap 27 25.71%
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:16 PM   #1
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Universal Packaging Format of the Year


A newer category that had extremely close results in its first 2 years.

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Old 01-02-2020, 08:24 PM   #2
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None of the above should have been an option as well as .deb, .rpm, or source etc...
 
Old 01-02-2020, 08:59 PM   #3
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None of the above should have been an option as well as .deb, .rpm, or source etc...
Perhaps it would be better to add "Universal" to the title? Universald packaging format of the year? That would preclude .deb & .rpm then.

Source isn't a packaging format per se, since ALL packages are at some point derived from source, and you cannot simply INSTALL from source without compiling first. So it shouldn't be included anyway.

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Old 01-02-2020, 09:00 PM   #4
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Perhaps it would be better to add "Universal" to the title? Universald packaging format of the year? That would preclude .deb & .rpm then.
Agreed, or add the other options for a more universal selection.
 
Old 01-02-2020, 09:17 PM   #5
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And here I thought the point of source code was the fact it could be used universally.. lol

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Old 01-02-2020, 09:20 PM   #6
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And here I thought the point of source code was the fact it could be used universally.. lol

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yes, it's universal, but it's not a packaging format. You can't just install from it without doing something else first.
 
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Perhaps it would be better to add "Universal" to the title? Universald packaging format of the year? That would preclude .deb & .rpm then.
That was indeed the intended poll title. Updated. https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ml#post6068152

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Old 01-02-2020, 11:36 PM   #8
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None of the above should have been an option as well as .deb, .rpm, or source etc...
Absolutely! I run debian based, and its only apt that I use. Remove all the other from my system
 
Old 01-03-2020, 04:31 AM   #9
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Favourite is apt - whilst universal would be tgz/bz2.

Apt is 'universal' over all the distros that I use.

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Old 01-03-2020, 04:37 AM   #10
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Actually I was thinking about a dockerized (or containerized) packaging format, but it is not yet "invented". Probably in the future....
 
Old 01-03-2020, 07:34 AM   #11
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Actually I was thinking about a dockerized (or containerized) packaging format, but it is not yet "invented". Probably in the future....
To be fair, both Snap and Flatpak AIM to be similar to a containerized (being sandboxed) format, and it can work just fine as such if the people packaging do it correctly (from what I understand) on at least flatpak. I personally dislike snap so not as certain that snap in and of itself is ready for that, but probably is.
 
Old 01-03-2020, 07:46 AM   #12
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The Linux Standard Packaging Format is RPM.

... Of those listed here, probably Flatpak, not counting security implications.
 
Old 01-05-2020, 05:47 AM   #13
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Universal:
Code:
./configure; make; install
 
Old 01-05-2020, 10:02 AM   #14
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Voted for Appimage, because it annoyed me the least of the three.
 
Old 01-06-2020, 09:57 AM   #15
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Apt is 'universal' over all the distros that I use.
TBH, 'apt' ain't a 'packaging format. It's a package management format. Slight difference.

.deb or .rpm are not 'universal', either. Those that require .debs won't install .rpms without some form of conversion. And vice-versa. The fact that the actual content of both is identical is neither here nor there.....it's the package-management 'specifics' that set them apart for most folks.

The title, as it stands, is correct, for the choices given. Every one of those three is intended to be a 'universal' format in the sense that you can run them on any OS, regardless of which camp it belongs to.

But Snaps are heavily promoted by Canonical. FlatPak is, I believe, developed more on the Red Hat side of things. So - given that the Sherlock Holmes theory holds water here; after process of elimination, whatever is left over at the very end MUST be the true facts of the case (however 'fantastic') - this really only leaves the AppImage as the one, truly 'universal' packaging format.

Sorry if y'all don't like my logic.

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Universal:
Code:
./configure; make; install
Mm-hm. Oh, it's 'universal' right enough.....but it still ain't a 'packaging' format, is it? More of a 'play on words', I should have said...


Mike.

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