This document represents a proposed Change. As part of the Changes
process, proposals are publicly announced in order to receive
community feedback. This proposal will only be implemented if approved
by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee.
== Summary ==
The flatpak remote for Flathub will have no filtering, making all the
Flathub content available in GNOME Software and via the flatpak
== Owner ==
* Name: Workstation WG
* Email: mclasen(a)redhat.com
== Detailed Description ==
Fedora includes a flatpak repo definition for Flathub in the
fedora-flathub-remote package. So far, this remote
was filtered by an allowlist that only made a limited subset of
software from Flathub available. We've been told
that it is ok for us to remove the filtering and make all of Flathub available.
The filtering mechanism itself will still be there, and it will be
possible for us to reinstate a filter via a package
update, should the need arise in the future.
The Flathub remote is available to users who opt-in to enabling
third-party software repositories in either GNOME Initial Setup or
GNOME Software. Users who do not opt in will not see anything from
In case of overlaps, GNOME Software will prefer Fedora flatpaks over
Flathub flatpaks. It is always possible for the user to manually
select a different source for individual applications.
== Feedback ==
This change proposal has previously been discussed here:
== Benefit to Fedora ==
More software will be easily available to Fedora users.
Additionally, the filtered Flathub has not been popular with users.
Users have been confused and displeased that our Flathub remote
contains only a small subset of Flathub, rather than the full Flathub.
Dropping the filter will resolve this criticism.
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners: Remove the allowlist in
/usr/share/flatpak/fedora-flathub.filter, or replace it with one that
* Other developers: GNOME Software developers: Verify that the
priorities between repos and packaging formats work out as desired
* Release engineering: No work needed
* Policies and guidelines: N/A
* Trademark approval: N/A
* Alignment with Objectives:
== Upgrade/compatibility impact ==
Existing Fedora installations with a configured Fedora Flathub remote
will pick up the new, permissive filter.
== How To Test ==
When third-party software is not enabled in GNOME Initial Setup or
GNOME Software, search results from Flathub should not appear in GNOME
When third-party software is enabled in GNOME Initial Setup or GNOME
Software, search results from Flathub should appear.
== User Experience ==
When opening GNOME Software, all the applications that are available
on Flathub will show up in search results.
== Dependencies ==
== Contingency Plan ==
* Contingency mechanism: Reinstate the filtering we had in Fedora 36
* Contingency deadline: Beta
* Blocks release? No
== Documentation ==
Comparison of Fedora Flatpaks and Flathub remotes]
== Release Notes ==
The Fedora Flathub remote now exposes all content from Flathub,
instead of only a small subset. Flathub is not enabled by default. To
enable software from Flathub, turn on third-party software in GNOME
Initial Setup or GNOME Software.
FPgM team member