Mozilla Prism vs Adobe AIR

A few weeks back, Mozilla introduced into Mozilla Labs an application called Prism, which essentially rebrands the old Mozilla WebRunner as a desktop container for web applications. As the following image (from the Mozilla Labs Prism page) illustrates, the idea is that Prism splits apart the light coming from the cloud into separate apps. (I […]

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Web-Killer 2.0

Carl Howe’s “Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Apollo: Web-Killer 2.0” argues that “these proprietary browser extensions break the utility of the World Wide Web in important ways”: Put users into plug-in hell. Create Web ghettos. Don’t provide accessibility. Make search a pain. It’s a great beginning to a real debate about the place of technologies like […]

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Slingshot – lightweight apollo?

Today Joyent announced the public release of Slingshot, a framework for (their words) obliterating the distinction between the web and the desktop. Slingshot lets developers take Ruby-on-Rails applications and deploy them to desktops (Windows, Mac OS X). Is it just me, or does the red rock in the slingshot graphic look a bit like the […]

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Open Source Flex (MPL)

<Update> It’s worth taking a look at Ed Burnette’s take on this at ZDNet: “Adobe keeps Flash, Flex close to the vest.” Although I am certainly happy to see Adobe moving in the direction of open source, it is good to more closely at the overall picture: what is being open sourced and what is […]

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