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

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:03:31 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYh+MnSwq==Phz5eB7Mzr==1HtJNW8B42knq80rFm1t-mGg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sebastian Trueg <trueg@openlinksw.com>
Cc: nathan@webr3.org, public-rww@w3.org
On 22 July 2012 09:46, Sebastian Trueg <trueg@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> On 07/21/2012 10:32 PM, Nathan wrote:
>> 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/<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.
> Yes, you are right. My arguments came from a purely technical point of
> view which is of course of not much interest when it comes to promoting the
> idea and getting people interested and involved. I suppose it is not easy
> to shake the old rivalry between Gnome and KDE ;)

The web / desktop integration was launched yesterday as part of the next
version of Ubuntu.  Have to say I'm impressed so far, it all seems very

It seamlessly guides the user to integrating web accounts with one or more
desktop applications.  The main thing I've noticed so far is notification
are integrated into your topbar but there seems quite a bit more to it.
Will have to play around!

>  Best,
>> Nathan
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