Prism from Mozilla Labs
The use of tabs in web browsers is a great feature. With the increase of more web based applications I find that I fire up the browser to visit some regular web based applications and the number of tabs I use grows quickly. My e-mail is web based, there is this blog and even at work my calendar is web based. I have just started to use Prism with these regularly visited web locations and I am finding it useful and recommend you investigate it if you too have regular web sites you use like Google Docs or Yahoo Mail.
Think of Prism as a browser set for one site, indeed it is labeled a ‘site-specific browser’ or SSB. You set up by adding the URL for the web page you want focus on and a few other settings and then you can have a dedicated window for that web site, without the need of using you web browser.
You can have an icon on your desktop which you can run that specific Prism setup. As Mozilla labs says, it is to
“… bridge the divide in the user experience between web applications and desktop apps and to explore new usability models as the line between traditional desktop and new web applications continues to blur.”
Besides the convenience of a single focus and the feel of it being a single application are there other advantages? Mozilla claims better OS integration, memory and CPU management, less clutter and distraction because of the minimal interface. It is based on the Firefox browser engine and there is even an Firefox 3 extension.
I like it and recommend you download it and give it a try, be warned though it is beta software.
Finally, I can add that I have been using Firefox 3 and KDE 4 for a while now on the study computer (running Kubuntu 8.04) and really like the desktop that KDE 4 provides.