I'm catching up on my feeds today and noticed that Mark Finkle posted that Mozilla has released Prism for both Mac and Linux. In addition, they released a refreshed version of the Windows version with some bug fixes.
The main post on labs also points to some roadmap ideas for the product:
- allowing web applications to register to handle particular content types;
- drag-and-drop support for uploading files to web applications;
- support for running applications offline (local storage, offline/online event notifications, caching of application components, etc.).
The New York Times ran an article on Prism and one of the things Mark said about the product and how it was different than Adobe AIR was "if the Web can't do it, Prism can't do it." I have some issues with how Mark seems to be defining the web but also wonder how the roadmap features above fit into that thinking. One of the differentiators to me between AIR and Prism was that pure-web application aspect to it. But it seems like Prism is planning to move closer to Adobe AIR. That's not a bad thing, but I think you'll see more discussions like the one mentioned in the NYT as it happens.