The Freedesktop SDK project is a free and open source project that provides Platform and SDK runtimes for Flatpak apps and runtimes based on Freedesktop modules.
It was originally started as a Flatpak subproject to create a basic-neutral runtime. It is now a separate project, similar to what happened with the GNOME and KDE runtimes..
Along side Flatpak applications we are exploring how to use runtime in other ways,
such as providing a minimal bootable system for anyone to use in their own project and bootable VM images which will use the freedesktop-sdk as a base.
This is a diagram of how the Freedeskop SDK runtimes interact with the rest of the Flatpak ecosystem
The Freedesktop SDK project is not an endorsement of a particular platform or selection of technologies by the Freedesktop organization.
The SDK aims to support a common interoperable platform for projects such as GNOME, KDE and Flatpak by providing integration and validation of a shared set of dependencies.
Thanks to our sponsors
We would like to thank our generous sponsors both for their time and resources to help build freedesktop-sdk.
If you would like to help us with sponsorship please contact us on twitter or IRC.
Codethink provide sponsorship for infrastructure/allocated development time.
Works On ARM
Works on Arm kindly provide us with access to powerful Arm runners that allows us to build for the Arm architectures.
OSU Open Source Lab
Osuosl kindly provide us with infrastructure used for building/caching freedesktop-sdk builds.
We are a group of people who are passionate about the Linux application ecosystem, we work together to deliver a runtime that benefits everyone, if you are passionate and want to get involved please do, if you need help using us, you can also contact us for help!
Any contribution however large or small will be greatly appreciated, documentation/bug reports/feature requests all help!
Where we hang out:
We chose Gitlab to host our project because it allows us to offer powerful CI to help build/test the projectk
IRC has been the standard chat protocol for years so we stuck with that, we are on freenode at #freedesktop-sdk
Mailing lists are a way for people to communicate in the open across different time zones at their leisure.
We gave our first talk at GUADEC 2018 in Almeria, unveiling the latest edition of freedesktop-sdk, v18.08!
We gave an update at Guadec 2019 about our work on bootable images and our new efforts to improve testing/reproducability.
We attended LAS to help promote freedesktop-sdk with the Linux app developers and ask for feedback help to make the runtime work for all distributions and desktop environments, we now work across all distros and also with KDE/GNONE/Elemenmtary OS
Our second time at LAS saw us trying to bridge the gap between Flatpak and Snap and also producing bootable images from scratch!