|Firefox and Chrome a few years ago introduced us to the world of cloud web applications. However, something was missing: its integration with the rest of the applications and with the operating system as a whole.
This is precisely what it seeks to correct Canonical with the Ubuntu Webapps. The application will be available through the next edition of Ubuntu 12.10, which will bear the name of Quantal Quetzal.
Ubuntu Webapps works as a Firefox extension, similar to what Grease Monkey would do; converts nearly 40 websites into applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM, Google+ and Gmail services. The mechanism is to allow the user to also make their own applications through an API and a script engine so that the site works without the browser.
But in addition to websites, these applications can be used to perform other tasks that have to do with the web and that automate the process a bit more. For example:
- Control Grooveshark from the Ubuntu sound menu.
- See how many unread email messages you have in Gmail or Yahoo Mail directly from the Ubuntu messaging menu.
- Receive desktop notifications from Facebook, Gmail, Google+, etc.
For now, Ubuntu Webapps will only run in Unity from Firefox with Chrome and Chromium support in no time.
In Ubuntu, I opened a terminal and wrote the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: webapps / preview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-webapps-preview
Close the session and re-enter making sure, in the case of choosing the session that uses the Unity desktop.