OrbitalApps – A New generation of Ubuntu Linux applications

OrbitalApps or ORB apps

Good news for you Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users! Let me introduce you ORB (Open Runnable Bundle) apps, a free, open source applications that will help you to easily to install and use applications in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

ORB apps are compressed up to 60% smaller, so we can store and use them even from the small sized USB drives. All ORB apps are signed with PGP/RSA and distributed via TLS 1.2.

OrbiatlApps is available in two flavours.

  1. Portable apps
  2. Superdebs.

About Portable ORB apps

Portable ORB applications will run directly from an USB drive without having to install them in the local hard drive. There is no need of root privileges, and no dependencies. Just copy the ORB apps to your USB drive and plug it on any Ubuntu 16.04 system, and start using them in no time. All settings and configurations, and data of the apps will be stored on the USB drive. Since there is no need to install the apps on the local drive, we can run the apps either in online or offline computers. That means we don’t need Internet at all to download any dependencies.

Here is the list of available portable ORB applications at present.

  • abiword
  • audacious
  • audacity
  • blender
  • bless
  • brasero
  • clementine
  • darktable
  • deluge
  • easytag
  • filezilla
  • firefox
  • geary
  • ghex
  • gimp
  • glade
  • gnome-mplayer
  • gnome-todo
  • gtkhash
  • hexchat
  • inkscape
  • isomaster
  • kino
  • kodi
  • libreoffice
  • mypaint
  • openshot
  • pdfmod
  • pitivi
  • qbittorrent
  • sound-juicer
  • speedcrunch
  • stellarium
  • thunderbird
  • tomahawk
  • uget
  • vinagre
  • vlc
  • workrave
  • And yet to come.

About Superdebs

Also Orbital team have developed easy installers for over 60 applications. They call them as “Superdebs”. The Superdebs can be installed automatically. That means, we don’t need to answer every question during a package installation.

Let us say you want to install vlc player. To install it, just download the vlc.x.x.orb installation file, and install it a shown below.

sudo vlc_superdeb_ubuntu_16.04_64_bits.orb --auto

That’s VLC will be installed automatically.

List of available superdebs at present.

  • abiword
  • amarok
  • amule
  • audacious
  • audacity
  • blender
  • bless
  • brasero
  • calibre
  • chromium
  • clementine
  • darktable
  • deluge
  • easytag
  • eclipse
  • ekiga
  • filezilla
  • firefox
  • gdebi
  • geary
  • ghex
  • gimp
  • glade
  • gnome-boxes
  • gnome-maps
  • gnome-mplayer
  • gnome-music
  • gnome-todo
  • gparted
  • gtkhash
  • hexchat
  • inkscape
  • isomaster
  • k3b
  • karbon
  • kino
  • kmplayer
  • kodi
  • libreoffice
  • musique
  • mypaint
  • okular
  • openshot
  • pdfmod
  • pidgin
  • pitivi
  • polari
  • qbittorrent
  • qmmp
  • recordmydesktop
  • smplayer
  • sound-juicer
  • speedcrunch
  • stellarium
  • terminator
  • thunderbird
  • tomahawk
  • uget
  • vinagre
  • vlc
  • workrave
  • xfburn
  • xine-ui
  • And more yet to come

In this brief tutorial, we will be seeing how to use portable apps and Superdebs in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Download and use portable ORB apps

Like I said before, we don’t need to install portable ORB apps. However, ORB team strongly recommends you to use ORB launcher to get better experience. ORB launcher is a small installer file (less than 2MB) that will help you to launch the ORB apps with better and smoother experience.

Let us install ORB launcher first. To do so, download the ORB launcher. You can manually download ORB launcher ISO and mount it on your file manager. Or run any one of the following command in Terminal to install it:

wget -O - https://www.orbital-apps.com/orb.sh | bash

If you don’t have wget, run:

curl https://www.orbital-apps.com/orb.sh | bash

Enter the root user password when it asked.

That’s it. Orbit launcher is installed and ready to use.

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Now, go to the ORB portable apps download page, and download the apps of your choice. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am going to download VLC package. The files will be downloaded in the .orb format.

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Once VLC downloaded, go to the download location and double click to launch VLC player.

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See, VLC Player is running. Start playing your media files.

Similarly, you can download and start any applications instantly.

Download Superdebs apps

You can run Superdebs with or without ORB launcher. To install Superdebs apps, go to the Superdebs download page and pick a application you want to install. Let us download and install uGet superdeb.

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After downloading a application, simply double click on it to install it.

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After few seconds, the application will be installed.

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Similarly, you can install any apps you want as described above.

If you don’t want to use ORB launcher, make the downloaded .orb installer file as executable and double click it to install. However, ORB launcher is recommended and it gives you easier and smoother experience while using Superdebs.

Conclusion

As far as I testing ORB apps (Portable and Superdebs), they worked just fine out of the box. There is one caveat to use ORB apps is these apps are compatible for Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit systems at present. These apps may or may not work on other Ubuntu versions. Also, We don’t know yet whether the developers will extend its usability to other Ubuntu versions, and other Linux distributions. If you figure it out a way to use them on other Linux platforms, please share with the community.

Hope this helps. That’s all for now. Have a good day!

Cheers!!

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