Experiment in short Flatpak URLs by Cassidy James. As a proof-of-concept, I’ve taken a couple dozen of the most popular apps on Flathub (plus a few of my own for testing) and given them nice, predictable short URLs in the format of flatpak.app/name. This mapping is openly available.

If a result is not matched:

As a proof-of-concept, this site is running entirely staticly on GitHub Pages (abusing the 404 template) and thus requires client-side JavaScript. A proper production version should probably be server-side. In the spirit of decentralization, it supports remotes other than just Flathub (if defined in the data file), though naming conflicts might be interesting.

There are a number of open questions:

  1. What do we do if there are naming conflicts? E.g. if an app is on both AppCenter and Flathub.

  2. Is this a terrible, unmaintainable idea?

  3. How do we maintain this? Community-led best-effort?

  4. Does this have any value?



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