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Pyro - Merging web and desktop (pyrodesktop.org)
14 points by orph on Aug 5, 2007 | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

Heh... I think it's a bit amusing how conceptually similar this is to what Microsoft tried to do years ago with IE and ActiveX.

This in an interesting concept, but it's very pre-beta - yes, Firefox is working as a composited window manager, but Pyro isn't a full desktop environment and currently lacks even the most simplest of application launchers.

One to watch though.

start this vid @ ~4:10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZTQeqpdDYQ&mode=related&...

and then start this one from the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwYxjgyPHNM&mode=related&...

I don't know much about pyro but I like the concept. I love thick clients. I use Mail.app, Addressbook, iCal, iPhoto and iTunes. I have yet to find suitable web based replacements for these basic apps. I've tried gmail and a number of others but I keep coming back thick clients...

Ideally I want to combine the best of both worlds. I want the iApp integration and gui's when I'm home but with the implicit backup and access to large datasets of a web based app. I only want to deal w/ pure browser apps when I'm away from my computer...

A great idea, and definitely one to watch, as nailer says. Hopefully we can learn a lot from the attempt. I think this is something only the hard core of developers will use, since it's built for Linux.

This isn't a server application or development tool, it's a desktop interface (or will be). Not sure why you think only hard core developers would use it.

They try to blur the borders between whats on the web and whats on my harddisk. That seems to make things worse in the first instance. Confusion is a bad thing.

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