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For the last few days I've been playing with nickel-browser, Jolicloud's Chromium mod in Ubuntu 10.10. I'm try to create a desktop similar to Jolicloud's, but I've hit a big problem: I can only make it open links. I can't find a way to run commands to launch applications such as Empathy, or a way to open links as a webapp, instead of in a normal browser window.

If anyone could help me, I'd really appreciate it. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but I've been unable to find a Jolicloud forum.

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I'm way late to this, but, since I was about to do that anyway, I just wasted about half an hour writing a small Ruby server that executes applications and opens files, which just might be what you (or any other person who finds this question) are looking for.

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Looks good, how would a regular person download it, install it configure it and use it? –  Uri Herrera Nov 20 '11 at 0:12
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More or less what I did, but mine was more convoluted. I had 3 parts - Javascript inline loading, a Python server, and a Python launcher. The link would be rigged to load /server.py?run=nautilus into the page. server.py would tell launcher.py (running as the end user) what command to run, via sockets. –  Alexander Nov 20 '11 at 4:13
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@UriHerrera I just added a README to the repository. –  Andy C. Nov 20 '11 at 8:40
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