I kinda get the complaints (e.g. https://andregarzia.com/2020/03/private-client-side-only-pwas-are-hard-but-now-apple-made-them-impossible.html) about Apple killing PWAs but I don't feel strongly about it, largely because I've stopped caring about the web as an application platform.
We've been trying this web apps thing for over a decade, and a few things should be abundantly clear by now:
- Web apps will always have worse UX than nice native apps. The barrier to entry may be low, but so is the ceiling on what you can build
- The web fundamentally assumes a client-server paradigm no matter what you tack onto it, making it a bad fit if you care about privacy
- Anything we add to browsers can and will be used for adtech/surveillance
@tbernard If your target audience is people running a GNOME-based distro, then yeah!
I'm in this tiny niche and I am happy to get beautiful gtk apps. I hadn't realized there was much of crowd building gnu/linux-only apps on top of web views but what do I know.
On the other hand I am pretty sure the majority production software doing this web app thing end up there because they need to deliver it to as many users as they can with limited engineering resources.
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