Proposal: The CUR - Cloudron User Repository
I think the ability to install via uploading a cloudron manifest (which should have an image URL) and via git (github, gitlab, other git solution) would be plenty.
Then all you would need is a "third-party" app store site for users to post on, which I can make if internal workload is too much. (not as an app but something someone can host for users to go to to see third party apps and such.
Portainer has a mechanism that is called "templates". An admin can override the data source these templates are loaded from.
This way the cloudron admin could add another data source to the "App Store" on his Cloudron. Apps from that source could show in a dedicated category, potentially with a disclaimer above.
Plus points if the address would allow password protection (so that one could use an auth enabled surfer instance to host the file).
This is how the portainer template looks like:
@girish what kind of protocol does the communication between the repository and the Cloudron use ? I think the best approach would be to allow the admin to set additional app sources for their server. Then you could let the community self-host their own app stores. So apps installed in this way could still auto-update & stuff
@mehdi it's only http/rest api. but making the appstore selfhostable is just a lot work, so maybe sometime in the far future. appstore.js in box repo had most of the api.
While I am also a fan of AUR, I am very much aware to whom AUR and Archlinux as such is targeted. With this in mind, I want to lower expectations of a great third party app library of unsupported packages, readily discoverable. In fact what AUR is, would already be possible, just write a small script which wraps a list of git repos of app packages. Everything is already in place right now. A way to install without rebuilding the image, is actually something like a ppa in ubuntu or simply alternative package servers in Archlinux (and there are also plenty).
If your intentions are, as @BrutalBirdie initially said, to be able to allow more package testing while those packages are still under development, then I think adding support for what @girish mentioned is great. Not for technical sake, but to actually serve the purpose. It makes no sense to build something like a 1-click install way for people who cannot actually provide app package testing. (Just a slight hint to the discussions Archlinux maintainers had in the past with the AUR wrapper script developers...this was and still isn't a everyone-is-happy situation)
I understand the analogy is not to be taken 1to1 but just wanting to give some input from that perspective as well, since I do think it is a good analogy to what was suggested.
Also to get a bit more focus rather than the big picture, the mentioned examples of Valheim and GTA game servers, may actually be treated differently than more critical apps with personal or business data
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Bookmarking this thread because there are def apps I'm building that feel like that wouldn't belong in the official store (like a Selenium interface that no one should ever attempt to convert to Cloudron's base image btw ), and want to see where this proposal ends up.
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One thing that was a big turnoff from Sandstorm and others is the only availability of severely out of date & unmaintained apps in their app stores.
That is a big plus for Cloudron managed apps and kudos to the @staff team here.
So, thinking a bit more, I like the idea of "downloading" some package file that the user can upload to install an app. I guess this is very similar to android apk files. The main advantage over installing using a git repo link is that the packaging code doesn't need to be open source. App packages listed on the current App Store are all open source but just like app licensing it's not for us to enforce.
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@girish Lol, this bring us to things like App Images.
I'd still like the ability to have a private file repo and http(s) based installs from things like Surfer.
To generate the app from a git repo, there could be a bundling script like you mentioned.
Updates manual, but at some point I see feature requests to be more like package repositories with tools to scan for all available updates.
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@girish said in Proposal: The CUR - Cloudron User Repository:
App packages listed on the current App Store are all open source
Confluence is not open source.
I should have been clearer... I meant the packaging source code itself is opensource (i.e the docker file and the tests) but not the apps themselves. We actually many apps that are not open source - emby, teamspeak, the minecraft apps, the pre-installed smtp plugin in WP (was not opensource, but i have switched it to an open one now), probably forgetting more.