LINUX VENDOR Canonical has shown off Ubuntu Web Apps that allow users to interact with web-based applications from the desktop.
Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution has been working on its user interface for a few years now and yesterday Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth showed off Ubuntu Web Apps, which will allow users to access web applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail from the desktop.
Canonical's Steve George said Ubuntu Web Apps will give web applications the "full range of desktop capabilities". He said, "We give applications the full run of our desktops, where they have their own icons and windows, but we trap the whole Internet inside one overworked application, the browser."
Canonical said Ubuntu Web Apps initially will support Facebook, Twitter, Last FM, Ebay and Gmail web applications among others, for a total of 40. The outfit went to great lengths to show that an Ubuntu Web App is treated in the same way as a standard desktop application.
George continued, "This new feature is part of our drive to make the web a first class part of Ubuntu. We've already turned 40 popular web sites into Ubuntu Web Apps and there are plenty more on the way. It's easy to integrate your favourite website or interface natively into the desktop, and share the result with all Ubuntu users."
Canonical said it will ship Ubuntu Web Apps as part of its Ubuntu 12.10 release. µ