On May 16, 2016, Orbital-Apps.com announced 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 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 first need to download the ORB Launcher app from the project’s website.
Additionally, 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. As for Internet connection, all apps work offline too.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht