Its very fun to develop for – the truth is I’ve never got on well with the “standard” tools of Max/MSP and Pure Data, I suspect flow-based programming just isn’t for me. As within an hour of opening the web-based Lua editor on the Norns device I already had a pretty cool prototype of something I hadn’t even intended to make. More on that when I can devote more time to it.
There is some work to make the open-source Norns software run on the Linux desktop in a container. It seems the status is “working but awkward.” I thought to myself – “How hard could it be to package this as a Flatpak?”
As soon as I saw use of Golang and Node.js I knew the answer – very hard.
There is a solution, which would be to build the components using BuildStream and develop plugins to integrate with the Node.js and Go worlds, so it can fetch deps ahead of time. There’s an open issue for Go plugin. For Node.js I am not sure if anything exists.
This led me to thinking – how come the open-source, community developed world of Flatpaks is so much better and doing reliable, reproducible builds than the corporate environments that I see in my day job?
One last cool thing – thanks to instructions here by @infinitedigits I was able to produce this amazing music video!