Docker vs Flatpak: What are the differences?
Developers describe Docker as "Enterprise Container Platform for High-Velocity Innovation". The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere. On the other hand, Flatpak is detailed as "Build and distribute applications on Linux". It is a next-generation technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux.
Docker and Flatpak can be categorized as "Virtual Machine Platforms & Containers" tools.
Some of the features offered by Docker are:
- Integrated developer tools
- open, portable images
- shareable, reusable apps
On the other hand, Flatpak provides the following key features:
- Build for every distro - Create one app and distribute it to the entire Linux desktop market.
- Stable platforms - Runtimes provide platforms of common libraries that you can depend on.
- Consistent environments - Develop and test your application in an environment that’s identical to the one users have.
Docker is an open source tool with 55.8K GitHub stars and 16.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Docker's open source repository on GitHub.
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