In the latest monthly news on the Linux Mint distribution blog, Mint's Clement Lefebvre talks about a new and interesting application being made.
They're calling it a WebApp Manager, with the idea that it will help you turn your favourite websites / online web applications into standalones as if they were desktop applications. It's an interesting idea, and one attempted a few times. You can already do so yourself with a bit of know-how but it's not always easy and the end result isn't always great. Which is where this new WebApp Manager comes in.
Rather than entirely reinvent the wheel though, the Mint team is joining hands with another Linux distribution with Peppermint OS as they already have a similar tool called ICE. They're currently looking at the best way they can work together on it all.
With it their idea is that you can have a dedicated application to create and edit these dedicated standalone web applications. Allowing you to give it a dedicated window you can easily alt+tab to, pin it to your window bar, work with multiple browsers, have its own profile and so on.
This sounds quite useful, I can think of a number of uses for it already. With the rise of various game streaming services like Stadia and GeForce Now for example, having a quick and super easy way to just give them a dedicated space would be interesting. The same for services like YouTube music and more. There's probably many other uses for it.
Mint's Lefebvre also mentioned that their Warpinator network transfer tool is now available as a Flatpak on Flathub, so any distribution can now use it. Nice.
See the full blog post here.