Monday, December 24th, 2007

Mozilla Weave: More servers for your browser

Category: Firefox

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Mozilla has launched yet another project from its labs: Mozilla Labs Weave:

As the Web continues to evolve and more of our lives move online, we believe that Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information.

One important area for exploration is the blending of the desktop and the Web through deeper integration of the browser with online services.

We’re now launching a new project within Mozilla Labs to formally explore this integration. This project will be known as Weave and it will focus on finding ways to enhance the Firefox user experience, increase user control over personal information, and provide new opportunities for developers to build innovative online experiences.

This means that Mozilla will give us a framework to work on. All settings and other state can be saved up in services.mozilla.com.

Is this something that we want to see? Or another thing that makes us think “oh no, FF3b2 was so promising wrt performance and memory usage, focus on that”. NOTE: The same people that work on hard core browser stuff may not be the people working on the weaving ;)

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It will not only be possible to save the state on services.mozilla.com, but also different servers as different applications appear. Apart from the licensed servers you might be able to roll your own server to save your data. That would be neat. Apart from that, its certainly a project that bursts the browser-only scope.

Comment by Melianor — December 24, 2007

Isn’t this just a new face, logo, and name on an older labs project; prism?

http://labs.mozilla.com/2007/10/prism/

Comment by JeffHowden — December 24, 2007

No. Prism lets you launch websites in a single window from your desktop, letting them appear as if the were desktop applications. Prism does not store any of your data.

Comment by Melianor — December 24, 2007

Wow, looks like Mozilla has been infected with quite a bit of buzzword-itis. The excerpt displayed here is almost completely fluff. I just checked out the Use Cases they talked about. Basically, nothing revolutionary. Making your Firefox settings portable is a neat idea, and will be very useful. However, the other cases sound more like simple conveniences, that can be easily done with non-Weave-related methods.
Actually, making Firefox settings portable is not that necessary, just get a Flashdrive!
What seems most promising is the ability to connect and communicate between multiple instances of Firefox. Hmm, it would be interesting to see if they could make Javascript interface for this. Distributed JS, maybe?

Comment by Scriptor — December 24, 2007

Did anyone see a mention of Mozilla’s privacy policy? This could enable some great applications if it rests on some firm security and doesn’t sell/share the users data out to third parties.

Comment by Jigs — December 26, 2007

Yeah .. one more firefox’s “new and inovative feature”.
Opera has doing it since 9.5 has been in development.

http://www.opera.com/products/link/

Comment by mefisto — February 9, 2008

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