Google doesn't need OpenOffice
Jun 06, 2008
1:18 PM EDT
|Google is putting all its might behind Gears, which is supposed to bring offline capability to the browser. When they port it to Firefox 3, Iceweasel, Epiphany or Seamonkey, I'll let you all know how well it works.
Hey ... maybe it'll work with FF 1.5 in Ubuntu 6.06 or FF 2 in Wolvix.
After all that Slackware talk, I could use a Slack 12.1 box at this very moment.
I successfully installed Gears in the FF 2 browser in Wolvix 1.1.0, and it actually works.
While I'm amazed overall, I am disappointed that the capability doesn't currently exist to create new docs while offline. Hopefully Google will figure that one out soon. It's not the worst thing in the world to use a regular text editor and paste into Google Docs later, but since the offiline and online docs sync so seamlessly, I'd be very happy to skip a step in the process.
The installation in Slackware-based Wolvix was very easy as well. Google Gears comes down as a Firefox API. After that I enabled Google Docs offline, telling it to "trust" https://docs.google.com.
Google Docs tip: Just like in Gmail, you can run a secure session in Google Docs:
Especially important if you use this on an unencrypted WiFi connection.
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