Flatpak version 1.0 launched with news and improvements


The Flatpak packaging system finally reaches its 1.0 version, considered stable and a milestone for the project. We already made an article here on the blog explaining the origin of Flatpak.

A first sign of this maturity of the project is the removal of the word Beta from the Flathub website, the official store where the applications packaged in the format are located.

So much so that the project’s chief developer, Alexander Larsson, gave the following statement:

“A lot of work has been devoted to Flatpak 1.0 and we are confident that it is ready for wider use. Flatpak has always aimed to revolutionize the Linux ecosystem and this is an important step towards that. ”

Flatpak has a very good integration with distros like Linux Mint, Fedora and Arch, bringing famous applications to the repository like GIMP, Spotify, Skype, LibreOffice, Firefox, Krita, Kdenlive and among others.

Now this new version has brought some news, such as the possibility to manage the permissions of the applications, just as it happens in the applications packaged via Snap, and not when you open it. If the application needs future permissions, the Flatpak will send a notification asking your permission or not for that application.

We can only wait for integration with Gnome Software. Another novelty is the possibility of granting permission to applications via Flatpak to access Bluetooth devices.

Another open source giant in the world to comment on the arrival of Flatpak 1.0, was “The Document Foundation”, responsible for LibreOffice, the developer Stephan Bergmann commented:

“Flatpak has come a long way since we started using it; nowadays we can type a trivial command to get the latest LibreOffice 6.1 built and published on Flathub automatically. What strikes me is the breadth and depth of the bug reports we received for the version of LibreOffice Flatpak. It shows that people are using it in all kinds of scenarios. ”

Some other news in Flatpak 1.0:

– Quick installation and update of applications;

– Apps can now be marked as «end of life»;

– A new portal now allows applications to create “sandboxes” and restart after an update;

– A new permission for X11 grants access to the user in a running X11 section.

For those who run Flatpak via the command line, three new commands have been added:

– uninstall –unused – removes unused extensions from the runtime;

– repair – scans apps with errors, broken and removes invalid objects;

– New options for the info command that now include the add-ons –show-permissions and –file-access.

For more details of the news, you can access the Github of the project or the official statement from them.

It’s really cool to see the project take shape, as it shows that the industry is keeping an eye on it and sees the potential to bring more applications and games to Linux.