Favorite Flatpak, AppImages, Snap apps?

Hello all,

I know this can be a controversial topic since not everyone prefers containerized/universal apps, but I’d still like to know what apps you get that are those.

On my laptop I use Fedora Kinoite, so naturally every app has to be flatpak… well, except the ones in the toolbox, of course(Like htop for me).

Usually on that, since Kinoite doesn’t come with a lot of in-built applications, I get VLC, Strawberry, mpv, emacs, Kate, Steam, Lutris, DOSBOX and quite a few others.

On my NixOS machine, which is my primary one, I like to get apps like DuckStation(PS1 emulator), Ares(Multi-system emulator) and Boxes.


My favorite aspect to snaps/flatpaks/appimage is for trying out new software without invading my system with tons of misc packages. (aka, easy cleanup).

My second favorite aspect of these is that the software is typically THE most up-to-date software available.

It doesn’t bother me if the theme in the flat-snap-image isn’t the same as the rest of my system, like it wouldn’t bother me the color of the car I’m test-driving.

Looking through my system, I’ve noticed that Steam, LibreOffice, OnlyOffice, and FreeCad are the flatpak editions.

Its a great technology and I’m glad its here. I like that snaps can be either CLI or GUI, as there are a lot of CLI programs that would definitely benefit from being containerized and the most up-to-date versions.

How are you liking NixOS? I’ve heard that its the Arch-of-containers.

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On my Debian Bookworm system with Gnome I have some flatpaks. They are Liferea, Skype and Chromium (both because of work). I am finally using Firefox as a flatpak because it is more up-to-date than Debian’s ESR version. Then I also have Kodi, Telegram and KeePassXC (this one should be the newest for security reasons even though I would trust Debian to backport patches to its own version). All the rest is still from the repos.

I am not really the biggest fan of the universal packages, but they are here and are not going away, so why should I not use them? Apart from that, what I really like is that now apart from using the regular repos, I only have to add some flatpaks to my system instead of trying to hunt .deb’s, external repos or random packages from the internet.
I am bothered that e.g. KeePassXC looks horrible, but it works and like @jastombaugh already said, they are really up-to-date. That makes my beloved Debian just more usable than before if you are on stable.

I use universal formats like Flatpak first so most of my apps are one of these 2 main formats. I avoid AppImages if possible though.

So Sublime Text, OBS, Obsidian, Firefox, Mailspring, others

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I use Ubuntu and containerized snaps. Almost daily I use Ubuntu 16.04 ESM in a Virtualbox VM exclusively for banking, no browsing the www, no email and no (a)social media. I have installed the needed applications using the latest stable snaps of Firefox and LibreOffice (Calc). Most of the time the VM is not loaded. The VM is encrypted by Virtualbox and its firewall is closed for inbound traffic.

That is the advantage of Ubuntu’s 10 years support, while the newest versions of the apps are available through the snaps. Try that with Fedora 24 and flatpaks :slight_smile:

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eDEX-UI-Linux-x86_64 (I wish this were still being maintained – just for the fun of it)

Late Edit: These are all AppImages

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Exactly that ! I don’t use the terminal very often but I like the look on the people around when I open eDex. They’re like “are you an Hollywood hacker or … ?” :rofl:

On the topic, I tend to prioritize flatpak over repo because sometimes it seems repo are behind on versions. Some are AppImages but it’s because there’s no other way (like eDex or Dofus)

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There’s still the issue of Appimages not being able to go to fuse3 and still run on fuse 2 which was last updated in 2016ish?

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