How to Install Mozilla Prism in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)
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
Cool! How long before gOS uses Prism then?
Prism is nice stuff. Are the Google prisms able to handle Google Apps for your Domain?
Where the heck are all of the other apps? Where are analytics, calendar, groups, reader, and twitter?
Cool howto, although you could also have mentioned that Prism still allows you some of your browsery UI needs – you can figure your individual webapps to accept navigation keys as well as to display the address and status bars.
Dirk, I use Prism to access my Google Apps FYD sites. It’s based around firefox, so it works fine, although sometimes it seems not to be able to decide whether to open a link in the same Prism window, a new Prism window or an existing Firefox window.
Travis, you can use ANY web service with Prism, just install the basic Prism program, run it and type in the URL of the Web Service you want. Prism will do the rest, just like it says at the end of the howto!
Is there any way each Prism app can run in it’s own process? Prism seems to crash decently often and when it does it takes all the prism apps with it. Very annoying. Obviously the crashing needs to be fixed but it would also be nice to segment the process into different runtimes so that even with a crash all your apps don’t go down.
Is it possible to change the fonts in prism? I have my fonts customized (both Hebrew and English fonts, as I surf pages in both) in Firefox, but they show up as what were the Firefox defaults when I use Prism.
How do I change that?
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