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Re: Introducing Ubuntu Web Apps: setting the web free of the browser

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:32:19 +0100
Message-ID: <500B11D3.4070901@webr3.org>
To: Sebastian Trueg <trueg@openlinksw.com>
CC: public-rww@w3.org
Sebastian Trueg wrote:
> On 07/21/2012 03:19 PM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
>> This is a very interesting development.
>> *Note:* Ubuntu is set to ship on 5% of all PCs in 2013
>> http://blog.canonical.com/2012/07/19/introducing-ubuntu-web-apps-setting-the-web-free-of-the-browser/ 
> As a former desktop developer (KDE) I can tell you that this is nothing 
> more than a few browser instances in combination with already existing 
> plugins for Twitter, GMail, and friends to different existing 
> Ubuntu/Gnome tools like Tracker or the HUD. The only special thing is 
> that they are all installed in Ubuntu and configured properly. A 
> properly configured KDE, OSX, or even Windows provides the exact same.
> "Ubuntu WebApp" is just a buzzword. Nothing new to see here.

Apologies, but I'm going to disagree - not with the technical details, 
but with the thought that there's "nothing new to see here".

You see by branding it as "Ubuntu WebApps", people will want to make 
real WebApps on the desktop, tell them they can have it and they will 
want it. Which imho means were only a short distance away from having 
installable (or more importantly identifiable) webapps running 
universally over multiple devices. That, is a big positive step forward.

As you can see, I've got high hopes for this little false-branding, it's 
a major step forward in the mind of the masses.


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