It turns out that Google Gears installs and runs fine on Internet Explorer but not the latest version of Firefox nor Opera nor Safari.
There was the hype, there was the coverage -- Google Gears had arrived to save us all and boldly take Web apps offline. Gmail and YouTube would be taken offline and the potential to ditch Outlook in the future was hard to resist.
Then the fourth of the Fates, Irony -- she's the one that takes your thread of life and makes a cat's cradle out of it -- stepped in. The chorus asks "How does this Greek character of your own creation affect Google Gears?"
It turns out that Google Gears installs and runs fine on Internet Explorer but not the latest 188.8.131.52 version of Firefox nor Opera nor Safari. The number of posts in the Google Gears developer forum asking for help in this regard are testament to the topsy-turvy shape of Google Gears at present.
Thus far the value in being a member of the Google Gears partnership is yet to be seen. Firefox fails at the current update, Safari is in the tree, Opera and Adobe have their Google Gears support coming at some unknown point.
The major browser player that is not in the partnership, Microsoft, has no such problem: Google Gears works perfectly fine in its browser.
This can be the way of alpha releases, but out of the current madness, method will eventually show itself. For Google Gears's sake, it needs to be done while the hype iron is still hot.