Separate process: Web apps can hog memory or processor cycles or even bring down the whole browser in extreme cases. By running each app in its own process, we minimize the impact of any mishaps. We can also benefit from operating system tools that less us view the memory/CPU consumption of a specific application.
Minimal user interface: A general-purpose browser UI is not necessary or appropriate for most web apps. It is more efficient to provide a UI that is specific to the application. This also cuts down on UI clutter (hence the term distraction-free browser).
Basic desktop integration: Support of desktop features can make using the app more natural and convenient for end users. This includes the ability to create desktop shortcuts, to place the application icon in the tray or dock and to display pop-up notifications.
Customization: Apps can be run using a shared browser runtime and customized using client-side script (similar to Greasemonkey).
Custom stylesheets can be used to tweak the UI.
Available Prism Packages in Ubuntu 8.04
Install Prism packages for google using the following command
sudo aptitude install prism-google-talk prism-google-mail prism-google-docs prism-facebook prism-google-analytics
You can install all the packages menctioned above.This will complete the prism packages installation.
You need to make sure that you have installed flash plugin for firefox otherwise google apps won't work.
sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree
Using Prism in Ubuntu
If you want to use prism applications Go to Applications--->Internet open all the applications from here
For example if you want to open google talk it will prompt you for sign in
Enter your details
After login you can see similar to the following screen
If you want to open google docs go tp Applications--->Office--->Google docs
Sample google docs Screen
The same way you can sign in facebook also
If you want to open custom application Go to Applications--->Internet--->Prism once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here you need to enter your details
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