[fpc-pascal] AppImage

Graeme Geldenhuys mailinglists at geldenhuys.co.uk
Tue Jan 16 00:50:39 CET 2018

On 2018-01-15 20:54, Michael Van Canneyt wrote:
> It's nothing but a zip with the needed dependencies.

More precisely, they use a standard ISO image that gets loop mounted. 
Simply rename any *.AppImage application with a .iso extension and you 
can examine the directory structure and content.

This is nothing new really. Linux has had many such attempts over the 
years. Anybody remember AutoPackage, Zero Install and others? I think 
Snappy from Canonical was the last attempt at this. None of them took 
hold in the community at large. I don't really know why - I have always 
thought "app bundles" was a good idea. Maybe 10th time lucky - after 
all, this is the year of Linux. ;-)

> I suspect the idea is taken from MacOS, where apps are bundled in a similar
> way.

Yeah, it looks or sounds similar, but like I said, this was done a few 
times before on Linux already.


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