I already posted about this in the beta thread. Flockport is an App store for server apps like Flarum and the goal is to make it easy for end users to use these apps, without the need to install and configure php, mysql, nginx etc.
The model is you download the container, start it, and can access the app in your browser. You can download the Flarum container here. For those who would prefer not to register to just try this, you can change the 'download' in the download url to 'download2'.
You need to install LXC to run this. LXC is around a 3MB installation and is available in most mainline Linux distributions Debian, Ubuntu, Centos, etc. Flockport also provides a multi distribution installer to make it easy for users.
We currently have over 40 apps that users can use in minutes. Flockport is based on Linux containers, there is a light learning curve with Linux containers but after that, you can use any app from the app store in minutes. Just download the container, start it and access the admin screen on the browser. We have tons of documentation to help users along.
A container is like a lightweight VM and is supported in the Linux kernel so it works across Linux distributions. A container gives you bare metal performance so no virtualization overhead, is portable across servers and easier to use. This means you can move your apps like Flarum across servers with all the data easily and are thus not tied to any server or provider. Think about that for a second, your apps are portable! You can also makes clones and snapshots so this makes things like backups and upgrades simpler.
The Flarum container for instance is 110MB and has PHP, MySQL, Nginx and Flarum configured and you simply download the container and access the app on your browser.
The wider goal of Flockport is to make it easier for end users to use apps like Wordpress, Discourse, Drupal, Flarum etc. We intend to tie up with cloud providers so users can deploy directly to any cloud, and in the medium term complete the cycle so everyone from users, app developers like Toby and Franz and cloud and VPS providers benefit meaningfully.
I am personally thrilled with how Flarum is turning out. FluxBB was fast, and Esotalk was minimal. Now combine the two and we have fantastic potential. It's not easy to get it right from a coding and design perspective but with Toby and Franz I am sure we are going to get there. PHP based forums were becoming stodgy and newer looking forums were based on Node or Ruby. I have no issues with either but there are more complex to set up and run. PHP is easier to both setup and run, and Flarum provides a much needed PHP based option for a more modern looking forum for end users.