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What is the relationship between Fedora and Flathub ?

asked 2018-12-12 01:07:54 -0500

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When browsing the program "software" I often see a package from both Fedora and Flathub. I do not understand what the difference is or what the relationship between the two repositories is. A more disturbing aspect is that some of the flathub packages are proprietary.

Can someone explain or point me to documentation that explains what is going on?

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answered 2018-12-12 08:46:12 -0500

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I found at least some answers in the

I am still hesitant to accept flathub as an addition to Fedora due to licensing of some of the packages (proprietary) and unclear differences between software that appears on both repos. Furthermore, error reporting might be a problem.

I guess only time will tell.

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My own take is like this: you're free to use it or not use (and disable) it as you seem fit.

I like the idea of having an easy way of using some KDE applications or 32bit applications on my 64bit Gnome installation without adding a plethora of "foreign" packages/libraries to my installation. They are run in sandboxed environment, their files easily identifiable and removable. Even better with proprietary apps (if I need them) -- they're confined, not contaminating my entire filesystem.

Also I use cli for package management, native packages and flatpaks are completely separated in cli.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2018-12-12 09:35:22 -0500 )edit

As for error reporting: it's clear you need to report your errors to flatpak maintainer, not to Fedora project. Well, it maybe is not clear enough from the cursory look at Software application page by a new user, maybe this aspect of Software should be improved, and maybe it would in due time.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2018-12-12 09:42:17 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-12-12 05:11:55 -0500

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To expand a bit simon's answer:

You can read some more about Flatpak and Flathub in FedoraMagazine:

A quote from the second article (basically, an answer to your question):

Note: Flathub is a third party repository of software that is not in the Fedora distribution. As such the Flathub repo may have different licensing and other requirements that differ from Fedora.

There are also some discussions regarding availability of proprietary software in Fedora in the comments to the articles, some are quite amusing.

And if you don't wan't to see proprietary apps (well, all apps from Flathab) in your Software application, you can always remove Flathub repo - from Software Sources using GUI or from command line:

sudo flatpak remote-delete --system flathub

It can be easily added again if you ever change your mind.

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Thanks...Night Romantic.

simmon gravatar imagesimmon ( 2018-12-12 12:29:45 -0500 )edit

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