So I’m getting a new laptop in the next few months and I currently plan to use Clear Linux as my main OS. However, I’m concerned about the lack of a few key features:
- ffmpeg - it would be really nice to be able to watch h264 videos in Firefox. I know it can be compiled from source, but I’ve heard that doing so is not quite as safe as normally installing a bundle. I’d like to make sure that if I must compile ffmpeg it is at least possible to uninstall (using
sudo make uninstall) afterwards.
- snapd - a lot of applications are available almost exclusively on the Snap Store and it would be useful to be able to install them. Is that possible on Clear?
- GNOME Software extensions - when I tried out the live media, GNOME Software was noticeably empty. Can Flatpak apps (or Snap apps for that matter) be managed through the Software app at the moment?
Clear sounds great - it’s constantly topping performance benchmarks and seems to have a pretty good package manager. However, I worry that it might not be ready for daily use, especially with these issues. As it’s rather trivial to use the command line to update software or compile it from source none of these are non-negotiable for me, but I’d certainly prefer for these to be available as bundles either now or sometime in the future.