Since yesterday, Monday 16 May, Orbital-Apps has been available to users Portable Apps for Ubuntu 16.04. As we’ve never talked about before, the first thing we need to say is how this app package works – first of all the included apps are available from the Orbital-Apps website (you have a link at the end of the article). The following is that the downloaded file is a compressed file in .orb format, which aims to take up little space in case we need to use it on a USB flash drive.
As with any Live USB on most GNU / Linux distributions, applications will automatically enter Portable or Persistent mode when running from the USB flash drive. If we choose the Persistent way, all changes will be stored in the application concrete of our flash drive. To understand it better, we can put for example Firefox, which if we use it in persistent mode, when using it on another PC we can access our history or enter websites the password has been previously stored in another computer (from the portable application).
Portable Apps now available in its edition for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
The applications included in this package are:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- VLC Media Player
- ISO Master
- GNOME MPlayer
- Sound Juicer
- GNOME To Do
To run the suite, just right-click on the downloaded image and open it with the image editor. Once open, click on “Run”.
It is important to note that the applications included in Portable Apps for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS they are designed to run on the latest version of Ubuntu. With that in mind, we can think that they are compatible with all the official flavors of Ubuntu (such as Ubuntu MAT, Kubuntu or Lubuntu, among others), but their operation is not guaranteed. They are also likely to run smoothly on other GNU / Linux distributions based on Debian or Linux Mint “Pink”, but cannot be 100% guaranteed either. If you try this application package on a distribution other than Ubuntu, feel free to leave your experiences in the comments.