Mathieu Bridon (bochecha): Install Musicbrainz's Picard with Flatpak

Picard is an amazing music tagging application, which I use regularly.

I originally installed the Fedora package, but that
didn’t work very well.
So I made a Flatpak build of it and used that, but I never actually shared it.

Some time ago, I added it to Flathub, so that it does
not depend only on me any more, and it gets built for more architecture than I
have access to.

I contacted upstream, and they were so receptive and enthusiastic about it that
they asked me to
add it to the Picard website.

This is now done. As of today, when you go to visit
the Picard website, this is what you see:

The Picard home page

Click that big button and you get presented with the list of options for Linux:

Linux installation options

Click on the Flatpak link to see the instructions:

Flatpak installation instructions

Flatpak offers many advantages for an application like Picard,
so I’m pretty happy to see it as an upstream-blessed installation method.

However, this could really be improved.

First, this requires going through 3 pages, the last one of which gives
command-line instructions.

Eventually installing an application with Flatpak should be as easy as clicking
a link. In fact, this is already possible, but it is only available to people
running the very latest GNOME. GNOME Software still has a few bugs to fix, but
KDE is working on Flatpak support,
Solus is moving to Flatpak,
so this might become a viable option at some point.

Another problem is that there are just too many installation instructions for
Linux. Compare with Windows
and Mac OS X. It’s no wonder
that people find Linux too complicated!

I’m hopeful that in the long run Flatpak could end up as the preferred
build/installation method for an application like Picard and the other
instructions could all be removed. But that’s just me speculating, Picard
upstream gave me no indication they’d consider this, and on the Flatpak side
we’re not there yet anyway. 😉

In any case, do try installing Picard from Flatpak, and if you
report issues upstream
feel free to mention me (@bochecha) so that I know about it and can fix it
if the problem is related to Flatpak.

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