Ship epiphany, make it the "default" browser?

Scott Balneaves sbalneav at
Thu Feb 4 14:57:19 UTC 2010

On Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 02:28:24PM -0800, john wrote:

> This sounds pretty cool. I'll just throw in my .02 and say that it
> would be great to devise a way to test under load. A lot
> of the gotcha's that I have encountered with firefox don't even start
> to manifest until I have many concurrent sessions. I suspect the same
> may be true of Epiphany. If automated load testing could be built into
> this, I think it might be very useful.

I put some thought to this last night.

I've got no clue on implementation details, but it might be possible to launch
<n> copies of the browser running some kind of test suite in either Xephyr (a
nested X server) or possibly xvfb (A '/dev/null' vurtual X server) might be
something that could be jury-rigged together.

> Also there are some web sites that "don't work" with less usual
> browsers (e.g. users are blocked by client side java script checks
> etc), so it might be necessary for epiphany to be able to "lie" (a la
> konqueror) about who it is for some sites to work. Perhaps this won't
> be much of a problem these days.

Setting the browser type is available, at least in 2.29.6, which I'm testing at

I'm going to create an edubuntu spec for this, so we can keep track of the
state of this.


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