Flatpak 1.0 to be Released

Flatpak is the the Linux desktop app distribution framework
21 August 2018   554

Developers presented a stable version of Flatpak 1.0 - a framework for building self-contained packages that are not tied to a specific Linux distribution. Among the supported systems: Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint and Ubuntu. Applications collected using Flatpak are runing in an isolated container outside the OS.

Flatpak-program contains only specific dependencies: the basic system and graphic libraries are connected as runtime-environments individually for each distribution. This allows you to run test or suspicious application iterations in a separate sandbox, and also to update packages without changing the system.

Key Features of Flatpak 1.0

  • Developers can separately mark out-of-date versions of packages, so during their installation, the user will receive a warning about this.
  • Applications can now create a separate sandbox and restart themself..
  • New utility flatpak-spawn. It works through the Portals API and is needed to create isolated environments and run commands on the host side.
  • Packages ca be installed through P2P (from USB-drives or on the local network) by default, with support for bundle-packages.
  • The Flathub service, containing both development tools and ready-made applications, has received the status of a stable project.
  • Stable release of the runtime platform by default Freedesktop, built using the new BuildStream system.
  • Internal reorganization of the code, improvement of overall stability and performance.

More information on the new version can be found on the Flatpak project GitHub page..

Red Hat Shareholders Approve IBM Business Deal

The $ 34 billion transaction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019
18 January 2019   165

At a recent meeting of the shareholders of Red Hat, the terms of the deal to sell the Red Hat business to IBM were agreed. The owners of 141 million shares of Red Hat voted to conduct the transaction, the owners of 181 thousand shares spoke against, and the owners of 462 thousand shares abstained. This is reported by the News and Observer

Earlier in October, the deal was agreed at the level of boards of directors of Red Hat and IBM. Until the transaction is completed, it remains to obtain permission from the antimonopoly services of the countries in which the companies are registered. The transaction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019. The amount of the transaction is approximately $ 34 billion, estimated at $ 190 per share (now the value of the Red Hat share is $ 175, and at the time of the announcement of the transaction was $ 116).

Recall that after the completion of the takeover, Red Hat will continue to operate as a separate unit in the IBM Hybrid Cloud group. IBM will retain the open development model adopted by Red Hat and will continue to support the community that has evolved around Red Hat products. Including will continue to participate in various open source projects, the development of which was involved the company Red Hat. In addition, IBM and Red Hat will continue to defend the interests of free software, providing patent protection and the ability to use their patents in open source software.