The Gnome Circle

Maybe I’m being a little slow but I just discovered there’s “another” repository of some rather nice Gnome software that doesn’t appear by default on vanilla Gnome installations.

sudo apt install flatpak
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

If you run “gnome-software” (i.e. the normal software installer) , it should now have access to a whole bunch of new Gnome applications.

As it turns out they don’t seem to have ARM64 builds at present, but for PC users there’s some interesting stuff in there, specifically I was looking at “Pika Backup”.

It’s a GUI front-end for “borg” which is something I’ve mentioned before as it’s what I use for all my backups. If anyone’s used Pika I’d be interested to hear what it’s like, it looks much better than “Vorta” which is the only other GUI client I’ve tried.

Wondering if the reason I’ve not heard of it is beceause “flatpak” is a competitor for “snap” and “snap” seems to be something Ubuntu are supporting … (?) … and I only came across this in the Debian documentation … (!)

Ok, I spoke too soon, they do have ARM stuff …

 flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

So within a few minutes I was able to get a backup of my account out to BorgBase;

This is so much easier than Borgmatic, it even initialised the repository me, and lets me browse files in historic archives. Interesting that my machine seems to default to “vscode” as the archive browser …