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    Default Mozilla Prism - Zimbra Desktop Alternative?

    Mozilla just released a very nice tool to help bring web based applications to the desktop.

    Mozilla Labs Blog » Blog Archive » Prism

    Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop.
    Naturally, the first application I tested was Zimbra. I'm toying with the idea of migrating some of my end users who refuse to use the zimbra web app, simply because it's a webmail instance. There's a stigma that's associated with webmail and the assumption that it's not as powerful as Outlook.

    I tested Zimbra Desktop, but in my evaluation, it's not ready for my users yet. Prism, however was very fast and uncluttered. It allowed me to make use of Alt-Tab and it had the appearance of a stand alone application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianR View Post
    I tested Zimbra Desktop, but in my evaluation, it's not ready for my users yet. Prism, however was very fast and uncluttered. It allowed me to make use of Alt-Tab and it had the appearance of a stand alone application.
    Running Zimbra under Prism won't be very different from running Zimbra inside a single tab window of Firefox (ie: a webmail inside a browser).

    zDesktop is a full local application, with sync, offline mode, etc...

    I don't think they can compare 8)

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    Just tried Prism myself and I like it. Think Firefox with no navigation toolbar, no bookmarks toolbar, no status bar. That's it.

    Zimbra Desktop is a totally different product - you could use Prism to access Zimbra Desktop for a more "desktop like" experience.

    The only big advantage I can see is it does run as it's own process so it's a way of getting the Zimbra web client and your other web pages (streaming video?) separated and running on different processor cores (Please Mozilla can we have Multi-threaded Firefox?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by brained View Post
    Just tried Prism myself and I like it. Think Firefox with no navigation toolbar, no bookmarks toolbar, no status bar. That's it.

    Zimbra Desktop is a totally different product - you could use Prism to access Zimbra Desktop for a more "desktop like" experience.

    The only big advantage I can see is it does run as it's own process so it's a way of getting the Zimbra web client and your other web pages (streaming video?) separated and running on different processor cores (Please Mozilla can we have Multi-threaded Firefox?).
    Multithreaded for different tabs - yes (which I believe it already does). For the same page, no, because the JavaScript guys don't like threading.

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    Zimbra Desktop + Prism makes a nice desktop app. It removes the clutter of all the navigation bars and buttons that aren't needed, and separates the processes so a crashing Firefox won't bring down your email client.

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    So, I have been running prism sense it came out for the mac. I do like it, it feels faster. There are a few rendering oddities, but It is because it is based on a newer rendering engine, correct?

    To bring it back around, zdesktop in prism makes it very close to it's own stand-alone application. It might be interesting to see if it there can be a limited bundling of the two programs in one fashion or another.

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    Prism is much nice than the present version of zimbra desktop

    its smooth..

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    It would be nice if Zimbra recognises Prism as a supported browser.

    When you chose "Advanced" on the login screen, it displays a warning message that this browser is not supported... I'm using Prism since december and I hadn't any problem since then with the advanced Zimbra client...

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    Using Prism in linux (0.8), I do not receive any errors about it being an unsupported browser, however Prism does not work to access the ZimbraAdmin. It fails with a blank screen when attempting that for me.
    I suspect this has to do with Prism's rendering engine as mentioned by jeffreyheinen.

    Cheers,

    RioGD

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