Mozilla demos impressive Firefox 3.1 features at SCALE [Arts Technica]
And yep, that’s Linux running on a Mac, but you probably didn’t notice that — which is the whole point.
Okay, I’m being silly – but you get the point. It’s important not to get too carried away with this stuff. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do something. The whole advantage of being browser based has been compatibility. Here, you assume people have Firefox 3.1. Even once you get there, you lose significant amounts of performance and control you’d get from a desktop-style framework.
The other thing that it means that’s really good for artists is that the “browser” application is likely to call upon increasing system resources. Conventional wisdom went like this:
1. People are increasingly using the browser in place of other apps.
2. That means you can have a netbook that’s build around a browser.
3. The netbook doesn’t have to have much power.
And, by the way, is this good news for Linux and open development standards over proprietary, platform-specific stuff like QuickTime and Cocoa or DirectShow and .net? Yep. Yep, it is.