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What's all the fuss about Peppermint OS?

Several big sites have been blogging excitedly about Peppermint OS. ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez referred to Peppermint as "A new Linux OS for the cloud," but is it really? I decided to download and install Peppermint so that I could find out for myself. What I found is that Peppermint is very similar to dozens of other Linux distributions out there: it's a remix of Ubuntu with a different set...

Firefox Friday Five

It's Friday AGAIN! Amazing how, like clockwork, Friday continues to occur every seven days. Incidentally, while on the topic of the day/night cycle, what part of the Earth is shown in the Firefox logo to the right? I presume that little lump is meant to be the United Kingdom, but the rest... I don't know! News from Mozilla and Firefox has actually been pretty slow this week, probably because...

Mozilla Prism nearly ready for first major release

Mozilla Prism - which helps provide a more desktop-like feel to web applications - is nearly ready for its debut release. Webmonkey reports that a near-complete version 1.0b3 is now available for download and that the finished product could be arriving very soon. Why is Prism worth getting excited about? If you're like me, some of the users you support still have a hard time grasping how to...

Yip is a unified notification system for web apps

When a desktop app does something that needs your attention, you know about it because of system-wide notifications. With web apps, on the other hand, it's easy to miss something that happens when your apps are open in another window or tab. Yip aims to solve that problem by offering a unified web app notification system in Firefox. Yips is a Firefox port of the notification APIs from Fluid and...

Mozilla unveils Prism 1.0 beta, new website

Mozilla first introduced us to Prism about a year and a half ago, and at long last they are ready to release the first beta version of the web-to-desktop platform and take the wraps off Prim's shiny, new website. The updated version includes several new features, like tray icon and notification support, and application-specific settings such as fonts and proxies. You can also choose a custom icon...

Firefox will eventually let users turn web apps into desktop apps

Web based apps are the new desktop apps. There are web apps for playing games, watching videos, listening to music, creating and editing office documents, and the list goes on. While I still prefer editing audio, video, and images using dedicated desktop tools, there are even web apps for that. But sometimes if all you want to do is access your email account or an online image editor like...

GMDesk: Desktop client for Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader, etc

Some of the applications I use most often aren't desktop apps, they're web apps that I access through a web browser. Gmail, Google Reader, and Google Docs, for example. GMDesk is an Adobe AIR-based client for these and other Google-based services. It's based on the idea that you shouldn't have to fire up a web browser just to check your email. The concept is sound, but the execution leaves a bit...

Prism extension for Firefox: Treat any web app as a desktop app

Mozilla has released an updated version of Prism, an application that lets open web applications like Gmail, Google Docs, or Zoho Writer in a stripped down Firefox-like browser. The result is that you can quickly launch web applications and treat them as if they were desktop applications. The most noticeable change is that Firefox 3 beta users don't need to download and install Prism as a...

Bubbles turns web apps into desktop apps

Like having Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Flickr, and other web services at your fingertips, but don't feel like keeping RAM-hungry Firefox open all day? Bubbles is a Windows application lets you run web services in their own individual windows, no Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer required. When you first run Bubbles, you'll see a list of web sites which you can open with the application. You can also...

7 ways to listen to Pandora without a web browser

Yesterday we posted a short article about Pandora's Box, a desktop client for Pandora that lets users access the streaming music service without opening a web browser. And our intelligent Download Squad readers instantly started sending us suggestions for alternate clients. So here's a roundup of some of the best applications for listening to Pandora without a web browser. OpenPandora One of...

Fluid: Give any webapp a home on your Mac OS X desktop

Do you have Gmail perma-tabbed in your browser window? Are you a Google Docs devotee? Is Facebook bookmarked as your home page? If you nodded your head to any of the above questions (or blushed in embarrassment from your web 2.0 addictions), then Fluid is something you should take a look at. Fluid, a beta download for Mac OS X Leopard, creates Site Specific Browsers that run as independent...

Mozilla Prism now available for Mac and Linux

Mozilla has launched Mac and Linux versions of Prism. What's Prism again? It's a stripped down version of Firefox that essentially lets you load a single web page at a time. No tabs, no useful URL or navigation buttons. But Prism can come in handy if you like to keep a single web site like Gmail open all day, since it uses fewer resources than Firefox. The Linux build that we tested was a little...

Mozilla WebRuner becomes Prism, brings web apps to the desktop

Oh experimental applications, they grow up so quickly. It seems like just last week we were telling you about Mozilla WebRunner, a stripped down version of Firefox with no tabs or URL bar. And now WebRunner's all grown up and has a new name: Prism. OK, all grown up might be an overstatement. But Mozilla has outlined their goals for the simple web browser: to let you access web applications without...