FSOSS, Workshops and WebRunner

I’ll be taking part in the Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) hosted at Seneca College. In addition to the symposium tracks, there is also a set of workshops. Checkout the various speakers and topics. There’s lots of good stuff going on. Seneca’s deep involvement with open source has always impressed me.

Cesar and I will be doing a workshop on desktop-enabling web applications. No surprise, we’ll be using WebRunner to desktop-enable some webapps. We’ll try to make it interesting by using webapp scripts and styles to add some new behaviors and look & feel.

Go register!


  1. Ron said,

    October 3, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    A bit off topic, but…

    I have been trying to use WebRunner instead of Firefox for the regular Web Applications I use. However, I am finding that WebRunner takes a lot longer to start and the rendering is a bit off.

    I am running WebRunner 0.7 on Ubuntu 7.04 and suspect that I have not configured WebRunner right. Is there any forums or other resources for WebRunner on Linux?

  2. GregV said,

    October 5, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    Hey – will you be giving out t-shirts on your trip to Canada? I’ll take a Large cotton one!!! No synthetics…I’m sensitive!!! :)

  3. Rob Grayson said,

    October 8, 2007 @ 5:09 am

    Hi Mark,

    I’m just trying out Webrunner mainly for GMail, as I find that this gets very slow in Firefox. So far, I like the speed! However, I have one issue. When running the GMail webapp, when I place the cursor in the “message” text box to actually write an e-mail, everything performs correctly except that I can’t actually see the cursor. As you can imagine, this makes things a little difficult in terms of navigating around the message, editing it etc.

    Would appreciate any comments and/or solutions to this issue. (Note: I did look for some other support resource on which to raise this issue, but couldn’t find one. If there is one, feel free to point me there!)

    Thanks in advance,

    Rob Grayson
    Normandy, France

  4. Jared Morgan said,

    October 8, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    I have a suggestion of a Webapp you guys can display!

    Webrunner is outstanding. I’m in a small business and would love to use it for accessing our Google Apps, as a desktop application replacement (Outlook).

    Unfortunately, I don’t do much coding.

    Are there some sample files, especially the webapp.js that have the sidebar enabled? All I’m looking for is a Google Apps (Start Page, Gmail, GCal, Documents) webapp file that shows a sidebar with links for navigating between those pages. The links look like this – https://mail.google.com/a/(custom domain).

    I can replace html links in a .js file, but setting one up is out of my league. However, if you want to talk about a webapp replacement for Outlook, using webrunner and linking Google Apps for Your Domain would get anyone interested. Add the fact that I can use a custom icon (our business logo) and I’m slobbering a little.

    That would be a great thing to display at the FSOSS. At the minimum, can you point me in the direction of a .js file with working sidebar links for navigation?

    What you guys are doing is right what I’m looking at. Keep up the good work.


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    October 9, 2007 @ 8:00 am

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  6. Coop » Blog Archive » FSOSS 2007 said,

    October 11, 2007 @ 11:27 am

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  7. Mark Finkle’s Weblog » Seneca & Extensions said,

    October 19, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    […] Yesterday, I did my best to convince a bunch of smart, young developers that I was an expert at building extensions for Mozilla applications. It must have worked, they didn’t heckle me out of the room. Seneca’s Dave Humphrey and Chris Tyler have a great group of students working on Mozilla (and other Open Source) projects. I have been impressed with the types of projects the Seneca students completed in the past. This group of students and projects are just as impressive. I got a chance to talk to a few students after the presentation and hope to continue working with the group via IRC or anytime I happen to be at Seneca (like next week). […]

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