Firefox Marketplace Apps for Linux Desktop

I think I might have just been living under a rock! Apps have been available for Firefox OS for mobile at the Firefox Marketplace for some time now. Later a preview for Windows and Mac was started and subsequently Linux too was supported.

What that means for Linux is that, a lot of web apps (behaving like native apps) would be available for the desktop Firefox users, just like the Google Chrome packaged apps about which I wrote a while ago. Not all apps are supported on desktop though.

Apps Gnome Shell Screenshot
The Soundcloud, Wikipedia and Pulse apps are Firefox web apps.

The Wikipedia app:

It is a responsive app that changes its interface if the window is resized .

Official description: Wikipedia Mobile for Firefox OS

The Soundcloud app:

Seems to have some problems with flash. All tracks might not play, but I am sure it would be solved soon.

Official description: SoundCloud is the world’s leading audio platform. Get the free app to discover and share music & audio you love. Join the community: connect on SoundCloud with friends and music & audio creators. Choose your favourite genres to launch your SoundCloud stream full of music & audio you want to hear. Get great content suggestions to help you discover new music & audio.

The Pulse app:

The most impressive app I have tried yet.

Official description: Pulse brings all your favorite blogs, magazines, social networks and newspapers in one place for FREE. Exciting to use, quick to read, ready to share. Pulse is a beautiful application that takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic, making reading news fun and engaging.

Uninstall apps

Uninstalling the apps is very easy on Ubuntu Unity. Right clicking on the launcher icon shows up a “Uninstall App” entry, which uninstalls the app with a single click.

Uninstalling in Ubuntu. BTW, iBasket is a simple but nice game to try!

For other desktop environments, at least for the time being, the apps have to be removed manually, according to an answer in the Firefox forums:

Go to your home directory, look at the hidden files, you should see a directory like “.http;someapp”.

Remove it. This step removes the application from your computer.

Then go to ~/.local/share/applications and remove the file that looks like your app. This will remove the launcher from your desktop / start menu / activity view depending on your distribution.


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