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Universal Portable Apps for Linux: Introducing Universal ORBs

We are extremely happy to announce the introduction of Universal ORB Applications for Linux

An “Universal ORB” is an Application (ORB) that works natively across the majority of modern Linux distros

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Features

Natively supportedJust mark as executable and run!

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Cross-distro – Most apps are compatible with most modern 64-bit Linux distros

100% unmodified – All Applications are packaged without any modifications, they are not even re-compiled

Native Look and feel – Apps adapt to the environment, using the native themes

Portable Mode – Apps behave exactly like “normal Apps” when running from the internal HDD, but automatically become “Portable Apps” when running from a USB drive, which means all settings and data used by the App will be stored on the USB drive

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When running from a USB Drive, ORB Applications save settings and data to the “portable_home” folder

Next-generation mode – Just install ORB Launcher to easily run any ORB just by clicking on it, enable icons, improve Apps startup speed and increase security (checking of cryptographic signatures)

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ORBs with icons, after installing ORB Launcher

Ready to go – Nothing to install – All dependencies are included and Apps run without installing them and don’t require any special software on the target computer (although we strongly recommend installing ORB Launcher to get an improved experience)

No conflict with installed Apps – ORB Apps are contained in a “virtual bubble”, so their dependencies never conflict with installed Apps

Compression – Apps are compressed at all times, which means more apps can be stored even in small USB drives

No root required – Apps don’t require root permissions

Integrity checking – Unreliable internet? Incomplete downloads? – Don’t worry, ORB Apps feature built-in integrity checking, which automatically alerts the user if an App has been damaged

Cryptographically signed – All Apps include a cryptographic digital signature built-in

Online + Offline – No internet? No problem! Apps are designed to work both online and offline

Sharing has never been easier – Every App is just one file, which can simply be copied to a USB Drive, burned to a CD or DVD, shared via “cloud drives” like Google Drive or Dropbox, etc…

Monthly releases – Every month new apps are introduced. In addition, all existing apps will be updated with new fixes and security updates.

Future-proof – Because all dependencies are included, Apps are much more resilient against distros changes or upgrades

Open and Documented format – Want to have a peek inside the ORB? Just mount the ORB/ISO and take a look

The future

The goal is to release many more Apps in the future, however we are currently running out of space on our current hosting account…
If you have hosting space you can offer us, or wish to sponsor us, feel free to contact us

You can also directly make a donation

ORB Creator now available! Package any Linux software into an ORB!

ORB Creator

We are very happy to introduce ORB Creator!

This allows anyone to package software as easy-to-use ORB Applications

Features

  • Package any Linux executable (ELF) or any script: bash, python, etc…
  • Super-easy graphical interface
  • Advanced settings, including the ability to disable/enable compression, change the type of the ORB, change the type of embedded launcher and change the ORB metadata
  • Automated creation of SHA512 hashes, for integrity checking
  • Powerful command-line interface, ideal for scripting and automating the creation of packages (completely optional)

Download

www.orbital-apps.com/creator

Portable Apps for Ubuntu 16.04 now available!

We are happy to announce Portable Applications, in the ORB format, for Ubuntu 16.04.

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Features

Portable Mode – Apps automatically enter “Portable Mode” when running from a USB drive, which means all settings and data used by the App will be stored on the USB drive.

Compression – Apps are compressed at all times, which means many apps can be stored even in small USB drives

Just run – Nothing to install – Apps run without installing them and don’t require any special software on the target computer (although we strongly recommend installing ORB Launcher to get an improved experience)

No root? No problem? – No root required – Apps don’t need to be installed and they don’t require root permissions

Integrity checking – Unreliable internet? Incomplete downloads? – Don’t worry, ORB Apps feature built-in integrity checking, which automatically alerts the user if an App has been damaged.

Online + Offline – No internet? No problem! No dependencies to download or install

Open format – Want to have a peek inside the ORB? Just mount the ORB/ISO and take a look.

Download the Apps

Note: Don’t forget to download ORB Launcher for an easier and smoother experience

Compatibility: Compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 (64 bits), might work on other distros, but that is not guaranteed.

Superdebs for Ubuntu 16.04 now available! With improved technology!

We are happy to announce the release of Superdebs, easy installers, for Ubuntu 16.04 (64 bits)

Not only have we made several improvements to the installer itself, we more than doubled the number of Superdebs to over 60 installers!

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New features

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ORB Launcher 0.1.042 released! With a brand new installer!

We are happy to announce a new version (0.1.042) of ORB Launcher!


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Get ORB Launcher


New installer (ISO)

The biggest change is the new installer:
An ISO, based on ORB and Superdeb technology

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The installer is designed to:


Other features

(changes since version 0.1.34)

  • [NEW] Ability to retrieve and check cryptographic signatures
  • [NEW] Damaged files are now automatically detected and given a special icons and prevented from running
  • [NEW] Trusted/Signed files are automatically marked as executable
  • [IMPROVED] ORB configuration folder is now ~/.config/orb
  • [IMPROVED] Automatically refreshes some open folders (Desktop + Downloads), so any ORB files in those locations are now ready-to-run immediately after the installation of ORB Launcher
  • [IMPROVED] Even if interrupted, the program still automatically cleans temporary files
  • [IMPROVED] Improved support for Portable Apps (some icons used by the apps themselves con now be properly found and used)
  • [FIX] Configuration file is no longer replaced after every update
  • Minor fixes / cleanup

Introducing Superdebs: easy, offline-friendly installers for Ubuntu

We are very proud to announce a new type of installers: Superdebs

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The simple interface of a Superdeb

What are Superdebs?

Superdebs are software installers designed to make it easier to distribute and install software on systems like Ubuntu.

A Superdeb contains everything needed to install an App, so they can be used without an internet connection.

Supported systems

We currently have Superdebs for Ubuntu 15.10 (32bits and 64bits).

What about other systems?

We are already working on Superdebs for Ubuntu 16.04 and expect to release them soon.

We are also planning to improve support for Ubuntu-based distros like KubuntuXubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATELinux Mint, etc…

Downloads

www.orbital-apps.com/superdebs

 

See also: Superdebs – Common Questions

New ORB Launcher released! (0.1.34) Now it can be installed offline

A new version of ORB Launcher (0.1.34) is now available with many improvements.

New ORB icon

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Custom Icons

orb_custom_iconsThe custom icon from each .orb is now displayed on the bottom-right corner of the main icon.

Offline support

The .deb file can now be installed offline, no extra dependencies required

Improved support for ORB Apps that require root access

By default, the root user now has access to the mounted ORB.

Other changes

  • A copy of binfmt-support is now included in the .deb
  • It is now possible to call the Launcher from the command line with a new command: orb-launcher (in addition to the already-existing command: orb)
  • If the ORB Launcher is launched without any arguments, a GUI message will appear, giving the user some feedback
  • The ORB Launcher now supports the metadata “ORB_REQUIRES_ROOT” (this is subject to change). So now, if required, the ORB Launcher will try to run the .orb file as root.
  • Note: Nothing automatically runs as root: Everything must ALWAYS be approved by the user

Software repository

This new ORB Launcher has already been added to the Orbital-Apps APT repository.

In addition, the repository itself was updated and the message “The repository is insufficiently signed by key (weak digest)” no longer appears when running “sudo apt-get update

Download

www.orbital-apps.com/launcher

Official Launch! We have liftoff!

Have you ever wanted to…

* Use an email-client on your Ubuntu home PC and easily carry that same app+data to your Fedora work PC (even without root permission)?
*Configure Firefox the way you want to, with bookmarks, themes, extensions and extras, and use it at any Linux PC?
*Easily download and use Linux software, without complicated installation steps?
*Easily share Linux software with friends or customers or anyone on the internet?

Now you can!
With ORB , the “Open Runnable Bundle“, a new file format for Linux applications!

Open Runnable Bundle

We have designed a new type of file (with the .orb extension), designed for simplicity, transparency, security and speed, that serves as a container for Apps.
ORB files are really easy to run: you just need to install the ORB Launcher once
and then you just double-click any ORB file. Easy like opening any photo or mp3.
Technical details

The Apps

We also start with some high-quality ready-to-use Apps:
Firefox, Thunderbird, Chromium, Telegram and Electrum
And plan to release much more in the future!

 

For any questions or suggestions feel free to contact us.

 

How we feel right now:

Image at the top: Falcon 9 launch / SpaceX