Flathub has over a thousand desktop applications to install on a modern Linux environment. We’ve crunched the numbers and found some of the most popular ones for this week. There’s a bunch of well-known names in here, and that may be a similar story on most weeks.
We’re not always going to talk about the top of the chart, sometimes we’ll delve a little further down the popularity tables to unearth a new, rising star. We may sometimes get our gloves on and crawl down to the depths of the chart, and perhaps raise the profile of an unknown gem. We’ll see!
Let’s start with four of the most installed applications from Flathub during week 17 of 2022. In no particular order, but all within the top ten.
Initially popular with gamers, but now used any almost anyone wanting to build a community or collaborate, Discord amassed a sizable chunk of downloads this week. Starting strong on the weekend, Discord has sustained a couple of thousand new downloads each day for a few days, keeping it top of our leaderboard this week.
Google’s Chrome web browser is a relatively new entrant to Flathub. Initially published at the start of April, it’s shown strong numbers all through the month. Some days it’s clocked up over three thousand downloads per day. If this continues, it’s likely to be taking the number one spot soon.
There are some issues reported with the Flatpak of Chrome, a few of which are shared with the open-source Chromium Flatpak. Interestingly, while the Chromium Flatpak has an estimated userbase in the tens of thousands, Chrome will likely catch up, and even overtake it shortly.
Ah, Telegram, the secure messaging client that security professionals love to hate. Much like the other applications in this list, Telegram gets a solid couple of thousand downloads a day from new installs. This makes sense as the Flatpak makes Telegram a lot easier to install than via the upstream method of downloading a compressed file, unpacking it and running it from a file manager like some kind of barbarian Windows user from the old days.
Spotify is the popular way to listen to that song you heard on the radio earlier. Or obsessively manage your playlists, and listen to that podcaster you dislike. The Flatpak of Spotify consistently gets a couple of thousand downloads a day, so is often near the top of the chart. Unsurprisingly it’s not as popular as a generic application like a browser or chat client, neither of which require a paid subscription to use all the features. But it’s still putting in a solid performance on a regular basis.
What conclusions might we draw from this? A few things really.
Applications that are familiar to Windows and macOS users are also desired by Linux desktop enthusiasts. It’s also worth noting there’s clearly a significant chunk of (possibly Free Software loving) Linux desktop users who appreciate a bit of proprietary software on the side. Finally, as a surprise to nobody, Linux users are humans that like listening to music, browsing the web, and chatting with friends! Who knew!?
Jump on over to Flathub and see what you can help drive up the chart!
The data for these types of popularity posts come directly from the Flathub API, which contains download stats for each application and supported architecture. The data needs a little interpretation and isn’t a direct measure of how many installations of an application there are – due to the lack of telemetry in Flatpaks. But it’s pretty solid data nonetheless. Just take it with a little pinch of salt.