Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 6th Oct 2010 16:37 UTC
Editorial In response to Jean-Louis Glassee's article "The OS Doesn't Matter..." I wrote quite simply: the future of the browser wars is he who integrates with the OS best. This phrase came from my article lambasting Microsoft's use of HTML for their IE9 jump lists, which caused quite a stir. In the wave of ever increasing web browser capability, the operating system is going to matter to web users more than it ever has before.
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Agreed... though I'll be curious to see what ends up happening with notifications on Linux. Firefox 3.6 still hasn't merged the patch Ubuntu uses to send its notifications via libnotify and I'm not sure about Firefox 4.

Perhaps more interesting, when they implemented the notifications for web apps, Google specifically justified implementing their own notification system with "OS-native mechanisms like libnotify aren't powerful enough." ...which I can understand as a developer (especially given Ubuntu's efforts to design a more crippled notification daemon), but I'm not sure I can excuse as an end user.

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