My use-case is that I develop web applications on a laptop and use an ssh script to push the artifacts to a RaspberryPi server running as a NAS.
I am on a private network so typing my pw is not an issue.
However I am not really sure that that was the point of my original question! I use Linux because it allows ME to make those decisions, it allows me to do things MY way. If I want to go down the route where my OS vendor constrains me and makes it difficult to install the SW I want to develop with I would use Windows!
Don’t get me wrong, I really would like to use Clear Linux as my primary dev platform. I really like the whole design behind Clear Linux, it is fast, it is clean and I can boot a full OS from a 16gig USB stick, it’s great. But I am spending too long resolving issues that are nothing to do with my project and that’s not good.
A bigger issue is the Flatpak. I have queried this in the past on this blog and not found a general solution, in fact I was not offered any constructive advice.
For example I loaded FIleZilla as a interim solution to shhpass. No good! I cannot tell FileZilla to use my favorite editor, gedit because it it outside it’s sandbox and does not exist in FlatPak space. In fact I cannot get it to use any editor without throwing an error.
Same with VSCode I cannot tell VS code where my Dart bin directory is or my Go bin directory because it is outside the sandbox. It cannot see the environment vars I have set up either. I spent hours trying to resolve this instead of doing development. I am sure I am a better developer for it but I am a lot more frustrated. I had to do manual install outside of swupd and the software app.
Netbeans could not find my JDK for the same reasons. I had to do another manual install outside of swupd and the software app.
I would be all for it if there was a reply when I queried on this forum but instead I spent hours trawling the FlatPak site for a clue. How can you package tools that REQUIRE external resources in a FlatPak, it breaks the functionality.
Sorry but I am reaching the end of my interest in Clear Linux, I have given it a month and I am really disappointed.