Hi! I would like to make a request about anki adopting flatpak/flathub as the official or one of the official distributions methods on linux.
From the user point of view, getting it from flathub is way more comfortable. Assuming they are using a distro that comes with flatpak support and flathub configured as a repository (lots of them do nowadays), then the user can find and get notified about updates, and install these updates through their software center, together with their regular updates. This is currently not possible with the way anki is officially distributed on linux.
Also, just to be clear: there are no significant advantages for a developer to package their software themselves. It’s an operation that is fairly complex on its own, and it’s better left to people who know what they’re doing (ie. packagers). Currently, there is a bit of a technical difficulty from the packagers standpoint due to Anki’s build system so it’s almost impossible to find a distribution or package manager that provides a true Anki packaging (which actually downloads the sources and builds it; as opposed to just fetching the binaries from ankiweb), but since flatpak does not require building from source, it’s no issue.
To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of flatpak either, but, you know, if some people use it, they may have their reasons. However, if Anki starts officially packaging itself for some linux distribution, I think it should start with packaging for Debian, as I think debian packages are the one most users will be able to use seamlessly (as a huge share of distributions, even among the most popular, are derived from Debian, and thus are apt-compatible).