This is my usual reminder that we've got a meeting next week.
Here's the details...
Date & Time: February 13th, 2020 @ 7PM
Location: WPI Campus Center Room 304 (Peterson Conference Room)
Presenter: Joshua Stone
Topic: Modernizing the Linux Desktop with Silver/Blue, Toolbox and Flatpak
Our speaker this month is Joshua Stone. He's going to giving a talk about a
couple of cool technologies in Fedora! Josh provided me some details about
these innovations so I've mashed them up and included them below.
*Silverblue* s a Fedora variant designed around immutability where a new
system image is committed as the new /sysroot without affecting the state
of the running system. This is reminiscent of Android A/B updates, although
the update backend -- ostree -- has elements of a version control system
*Toolbox* is also interesting as it lets you switch into an unprivileged
development environment that can be built up and torn down without
affecting the host as tools are installed inside a container.
*Flatpak* uses the same file storage backend as Silverblue to manage apps
runtimes. This app distribution technology allows you to decouple apps and
operating systems as everything is built and run inside a sandbox, making
upgrades easier. Compare needing only one version of an app to package as a
flatpak, versus packaging for different versions.
As usual, snacks and refreshments will be provided and afterwards we'll
head off for dinner to continue the conversation.
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constituents as "consumers".