Gears is an open source project that enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser.
There's no way in hell will I use something that grabs system access like this.
2011-03-11 it was thankfully abandoned.
I thought Firefox add-ons were explicitly banned from making any disk writes outside of their specific directory.
Once I saw that Gears could create a handy little desktop icon for me, I abandoned it completely. I don’t want some random extension to have access to read or write to my system like that. Ever.
Firefox I can mostly trust. Google I don’t.
So I decided to check it out. Wow, it's installed as a Firefox extension. Win.
Well.. so far so good.