Portland, OR: At OSCon, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company announced that it’s adding a new feature to its Ubuntu desktop: the ability to use popular Internet services and Websites, such as Google’s GMail and Facebook as desktop applications, Ubuntu WebApps.
This feature will formally appear in the next release of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal, in October. But, users won’t have to wait until then for it. According to Jono Bacon, Ubuntu’s community manager, the Ubuntu team has been working on this for some time and the feature will be available for Ubuntu 12.04 users in the next full days.
At this time, there are about 40 WebApps. This includes apps Facebook, Twitter, Last.FM, and Google+. Ubuntu WebApp’s source code will be available on the Canonical Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/) project management service. The new feature’s functionality calls up a Firefox plug-in to achieve its results. The program also has an application programming interface (API) and an integration script engine for users to make their own desktop applications