On May 16, 2016, Orbital-Apps.com was proud to announce the immediate availability of their portable applications, in the ORB format, for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.
Being the first time we introduce our readers to portable apps for Ubuntu, we would like to let them know how these apps actually work. First of all, the available apps (see the full list below) are freely distributed via the Orbital-Apps.com website in the .orb compressed file format to save space on the USB thumb drive.
The apps will automatically enter the “Portable/Persistent Mode” when they are run from the USB stick, which means that all settings will be stored on the thumb drive. Of course, this means that no installation is required, but you’ll need to first download the ORB Launcher app from the project’s website.
Addtionally, you should know that no root (system administrator) access is required to run any of the available portable apps, which come with built-in integrity checking that lets you know if they have been damaged because of an unreliable Internet connection. Talking about Internet connection, all apps work offline too.
Among the applications that are now available to download as a portable app, we can mention popular names like LibreOffice, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, FileZilla, Kodi, VLC Media Player, AbiWord, ISO Master, Stellarium, qBittorrent, Audacity, GIMP, Audacious, and Inkscape.
Additionally, software projects like OpenShot, PiTiVi, Kino, EasyTAG, GNOME MPlayer, Darktable, MyPaint, Tomahawk, uGet, Clementine, Deluge, GHex, Geary, Workrave, Vinagre, Sound Juicer, Brasero, Bless, SpeedCrunch, PDFMod, HexChat, GtkHash, GNOME To Do, and Glade are also available.
Please note that the apps mentioned above have been designed to work only with the 64-bit version of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. It is possible for them also to work on similar platforms, such as 64-bit Debian GNU/Linux or 64-bit Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa,” but it’s not guaranteed.