opener

Opens stuff, like webpages and files and executables, cross-platform

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It Opens Stuff
That is, in your desktop environment. This will make actual windows pop up, with stuff in them:
npm install opener -g

opener http://google.com
opener ./my-file.txt
opener firefox
opener npm run lint

Also if you want to use it programmatically you can do that too:
var opener = require("opener");

opener("http://google.com");
opener("./my-file.txt");
opener("firefox");
opener("npm run lint");

Plus, it returns the child process created, so you can do things like let your script exit while the window stays open:
var editor = opener("documentation.odt");
editor.unref();
// These other unrefs may be necessary if your OS's opener process
// exits before the process it started is complete.
editor.stdin.unref();
editor.stdout.unref();
editor.stderr.unref();

Use It for Good

Like opening the user's browser with a test harness in your package's test script:
{
    "scripts": {
        "test": "opener ./test/runner.html"
    },
    "devDependencies": {
        "opener": "*"
    }
}

Why

Because Windows has start, Macs have open, and nix has xdg-open. At least according to some person on StackOverflow. And I like things that work on all three. Like Node.js. And Opener.