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Discussions archived as of August 18, 2008.

Comparison chart[edit]

It doesnt make sense to have only four of the Web desktops from the market. There are several other web desktop's that has to make way into the chart. The chart is less informative and also provides very less options for the user/contributor to choose from. Kalivd (talk) 14:02, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Entries should be made in this table only for products that have their own Wikipedia articles. If you believe you can create a new article on one of the missing ones, do so. EdJohnston (talk) 14:40, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
If you look at the online office suites comparison charts there are several that can qualify as Web-desktops, so why not include them here too. Kalivd (talk) 06:14, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
Do you know of any published definitions of a web desktop? Inquiring minds want to know.. EdJohnston (talk) 03:39, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
After a brief search on google i found this URL which defines Web-Desktop or Internet Desktop as they call. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kalivd (talkcontribs) 14:33, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

The definition on the cited url ...

reads ....

A managed software service optimized for Internet connectivity. It allows users to access their files and desktop applications through the Internet. Internet desktop is a term often used to describe the trend of moving applications and software from the computer desktop to Web sites that users access online with their browser. Also called online desktop or Web desktop.

Suggest add examples Sanjiv swarup (talk) 02:47, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

Examples include (As discussed above it also has is own wiki and it is very helpful and its very laymanish as i have used it myself), ZOHO, Googledocs, ...

What I feel is that if we are trying to compare or potray something then its should be fair. And all the players should be compared together. This will give the comparision some sort of value add. Dhoomady (talk) 06:58, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

I believe we should add a small comment at the intro of the article, with the alternative names.

Add alternative names at the intro[edit]

If we can use the Webopedia entry as a reference, I believe the article should start with: A web desktop or webtop, also called online desktop or Internet desktop, is ... --Jordiferrer (talk) 11:49, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

Netvibes On chart[edit]

The chart lacked info on the browser support for netvibes, So I helped a lot, by editing the browser support to be more current, and factual, as only IE7 support was listed at the time. these display the necessary information as references Atomic1fire (talk) 03:04, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

References sub section of the article ..[edit]

i refer to

The Next Net 25: The Webtop - Mar. 1, 2006 SCO Tarantella Offers New Twist On an Old Thin-Client Dance, "Network Computing Magazine", Mark Andrew Seltzer, January 24, 2000

I went thru the article . My comment : this reference should be deleted. Reason = this has no conection with a web - desktop

Sanjiv swarup (talk) 07:22, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Netvibes runtime source code[edit]

Netvibes has released their widget runtime source code, so you can run netvibes widgets on your own server, and embed them on pages through iframes. [1]

Should we change the license, or keep it as-is? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Psychcf (talkcontribs) 04:48, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

external links[edit]

added this section with a sample link comments invited Sanjiv swarup (talk) 03:19, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

New Example[edit]

Someone recently emulated the old Amiga OS using only Javascript. The site is available at, or as a Google Chrome Experiment at:

Should this be put on the comparison chart? (talk) 01:00, 4 September 2009 (UTC)dmar198

Screen shots?[edit]

Webtops are visual. This article could really use some illustrations. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 13:51, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

Proposed deletion of comparison chart[edit]

I suggest we remove the comparison chart from this article. It primarily serves as a marketing tool for the vendors included here. The other main purpose it serves is to keep us busy removing entries that are not notable. See the edit history to get an idea of the percent of edits having to do with the comparison chart, most of which are either vendors trying to add a non-notable entry or one of us deleting a non-notable entry. Ronald Joe Record (talk) 23:10, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

I disagree, thats like throwing out the baby with the bath water, if the entries are notable, and if the entries have articles, I do not think we should delete the table just due to spam. A better measure would be to protect the article. --SF007 (talk) 19:06, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
The comparison chart is not the baby in the bath here. The baby is wearing some cream that attracts ants. We keep picking the ants off of the baby but they keep coming back. Further, all our time is spent removing ants rather than caring for the baby. I'm suggesting we remove the attractant from the baby. I don't find much value in the comparison chart. Perhaps, if significant value is perceived in such a chart, it could be moved to a separate page and referenced from here. Ronald Joe Record (talk) 19:29, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

I suggest we move entries in the comparison chart to Comparison of remote desktop software and replace the comparison table in this article with a link to the much richer and well maintained Comparison of remote desktop software. Any objections ? Ronald Joe Record (talk) 21:08, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Add newer projects, remove older[edit]

add silveos, hackermanos, amoebaos, astranos, mygoya, purefect, startforce, zimdeskos, free liveos zoo has multiple operating systems via java applet (multiple linux, reactos, solaris, minix, freedos, bsd), fenestela, lucid desktop. remove desktoptwo. I marked as not being free, as they no longer have free personal accounts. --User Efreak Efreak (talk) 22:31, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Online OS seems to be dead[edit]

The forum is full of spam, no one answering any questions. Also, as far as I can tell, you cannot install third party applications, so please update the table. (talk) 18:03, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

trademark webtop[edit]

The term 'webtop' is a registered trademark in Germany and the EU — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webtopmedia (talkcontribs) 17:03, 9 January 2011 (UTC)


I don't think it's free anymore. --Vahnx (talk) 21:00, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

They have both a free and a professional version.--Jordiferrer (talk) 11:40, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
I don't think so. There's no mention about free edition anymore, no download links - only pro. --Anonymous


This article has problems because the term "webtop" has been applied in so many different ways and to many radically different products. The article doesn't do justice to differentiating between them. SCO coined it to describe a VNC plugin. webOS products also call themselves "webtop". Motorola uses the term as a product name for their cellphone-laptop integration technology. More recently, it describes laptop hardware that is shipped with minimalistic web software desktops, such as Google Chrome OS. Some have even claimed that the term "webtop" describes any low-end laptop at all, such as the OLPC laptop. Should we replace this article with a disambiguate or in some other way try to resolve the confusion? --flopflipper —Preceding undated comment added 02:04, 3 June 2013 (UTC)


A Web App is a standalone EXE file that has a built-in browser that loads the internal script. It is NOT a bunch of html files that run locally and are therefore dependent on a browser, as this article seems to suggest! See web-app engines like Node-Webkit to understand what Web Apps are. A total rewrite is necessary here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:35, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

It depends on the technology. Not all webapps are EXE files. But I agree that this article is very muddled with conflicting definitions of a web desktop. Thecorbaman (talk) 03:00, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


The license column should be colored. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:36, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

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