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Re: [pygame] Re: Playing with Flatpak packaging

Would be great to try this on my pyweek entry if you're looking for games to test, just let me know how it turns out. It's called solar flair, but was developed with python 2.7 on Windows. I'm not sure on the compatibility with 3.x. - https://github.com/lukevp/pyweek23

On Mar 6, 2017 12:11 PM, "Thomas Kluyver" <takowl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I developed this a bit further, though there's still more I hope to do with it.

It turns out that building a custom runtime is discouraged; the better way to support game developers is to build a 'base app', which people can then add their own game files to. I have prepared two different base apps: one includes Python 3.6, and makes a download of about 30 MiB. The other uses Python 3.4 from the shared runtime, so is a download of about 7 MiB. My idea is that the game developer can choose between the latest language features and a quicker installation.

My next step is to make a more complete example of using this to package a game (so far, I've tested with the 'aliens' example that ships with pygame). I might try with the solarwolf example on Pygame's Github org - or if anyone wants to suggest another suitable open-source game based on pygame, I could try with that.


On 26 February 2017 at 19:47, Thomas Kluyver <takowl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I spent a while today playing with Flatpak, a new system for packaging sandboxed applications on Linux. The result is an example that can build and install Pygame's Aliens example game:


If you're running Fedora 24+, Ubuntu 16.10 (might need a PPA?) Debian testing/unstable or Arch, you can install Flatpak and try it out.

This is quite rough at the moment, but I think it has good potential for distributing games to Linux users in the future. It looks like [1] Flatpak is on its way to becoming the default cross-distro app distribution mechanism for desktop Linux.

The big improvement I'd like to make is building a dedicated Flatpak 'runtime' for pygame, including a newer version of Python - the base runtime I'm using at present has Python 3.4.