[ubuntu-uk] NetBook issues - #1

Jim Price d1version at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 15 15:00:54 UTC 2011

On 15/01/11 13:07, Jon Farmer wrote:
> On 15 Jan 2011 12:58, "Jim Price"<d1version at hotmail.com>  wrote:
>> Do read this before relying on a long term future for Google Gears:
>> http://gearsblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/hello-html5.html
> Presumably this is not an issue for offline Gmail support.

Not right now, but they aren't being specific about what's going to fall 
through the cracks when they declare they're moving everything to html5 
only, or when that will be. For a period thereafter things may continue 
to work, but what I'm saying is that when it next breaks, it's probably 
broken permanently, and Google aren't going to fix it if it would be 
more convenient for them to force the jump to their already announced 
migration to html5. What should happen with offline Gmail support is the 
most you should have to do is remove the Gears stuff and use a browser 
which they support (if you're not already). Whether doing that preserves 
your locally held Gmail history through the move to html5 or not remains 
to be seen. I think Google Docs access to offline documents via gears 
has already been a casualty, but as I don't use it, I could be wrong. A 
quick google suggests it ended in May:


and is due back for html5 browsers soon:


It may work best in Chromium (or maybe only Chrome) of course...


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