The Desktop App Challenge
Once upon a time, people were using their computer by running programs written for said computer. Word processors, games, e-mail clients. Some of these were displaying various sorts of documents.
At some point, "web browsers" ended up being a thing. They could open HTML documents through a network connection; it was the way of browsing the Web (which, obviously, wasn't a thing you were doing all the time. Dialup was expensive). Or you could open local HTML files with it.
Fast forward about 20 years. Browsers somehow became an application platform and took over... basically everything. There is an actual operating system consisting of a web browser and not much else. Most people write emails through them; many people edit documents through them. Many services call their web version the "desktop" one.
Here is a proposal:
let's try using actual desktop apps for everything.
Electron apps are... borderline. They're technically running in a web browser, but... they're at least trying to pretend they aren't. So they're allowed regardless.
On the other hand: can we do email in a desktop client? Can we use LibreOffice instead of Google Docs? Pidgin with various plugins instead of web-based messengers? There are quite a few desktop Fediverse clients, too!
Can we learn something interesting from this?