Prism is a cross-platform application that lets you integrate web applications with your desktop.

Prism now provides a cross-platform way to integrate the web platform with the desktop environment, and developers don’t have to lift a finger to desktop-enable their web applications, while users have the choice to use their favorite web apps in their browser, on their desktop of choice, or in both places.

Prism is the successor to WebRunner, which I wrote about a while ago. Mozilla just released the Linux version of Prism. Prism is a web browser that runs web applications to look and launch as if they were traditional applications.

Prism and Google Docs

There is no package available for Ubuntu, but the following command can install Prism for Linux for you. It downloads Prism 0.8 and extracts it to your /opt directory. To do this it will need to ask for your password. Copy and paste this command (it’s one line) into a terminal to run it.

wget -P ~ http://people.mozilla.com/~mfinkle/prism/prism-0.8-linux.tar.bz2 && sudo tar -xjf ~/prism-0.8-linux.tar.bz2 -C /opt

Once the install process is finished you can run Prism with this command:

/opt/prism/prism

Prism Dialog

Prism will start and ask you to create a new web app launcher. Set up a web app, and check the box to put the shortcut on the desktop. You can drag this shortcut from your desktop into the Main Menu editor (System->Preferences->Main Menu) in GNOME to make it appear in your menu.

Prism Launcher

I’ll be looking forward to more improvements to Prism from Mozilla in the future.


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