Manage Flatpak, Snap, and AppImage packages with bauh

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The bauh package manager can cope with Flatpaks, Snaps, AppImages, AUR, and native web apps.

Old-school Linux package formats like deb and RPM let you install an application with a couple of commands or mouse clicks – as long as all the dependencies are satisfied. If dependencies are missing, things get a bit more complicated, with the package manager chasing down additional packages and sometimes choking if a package isn't found or there is a version number conflict.

Next-generation tools like Snap, Flatpak, and AppImage have solved the dependency problem by packing dependencies with the package. Because they carry their dependencies with them, these modern-day formats are largely portable, installing on any Linux system as long as it has a compatible package manager.

But why so many formats? In the grand tradition of Linux, the community has solved the same problem several different ways. Does that mean you need several different package managers to read Snap, Flatpak, and AppImage formats?

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