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We do need an open, documented alternative to PNaCl.

PNaCl is a liberally-licensed open source project. You can see its source code and compile it whenever you want. How much more open would you like it to be?

As for documented, good timing :) Just today the first bits of the preview documentation were released: https://developers.google.com/native-client/pnacl-preview/

Native Client also supports the execution of nexe modules directly in the browser. However, since nexes contain architecture-specific machine code, they are not allowed to be distributed on the open web—they can only be used as part of applications and extensions that are installed from the Chrome Web Store.

Right - but this is specifically the limitation lifted by PNaCl.

Yes, sorry I should have provided some context to the copy/paste. I was agreeing with you.

Desktop applications?

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