Browser selection from Ubiquity

Rick Timmis rick.timmis at
Fri Feb 1 08:03:41 UTC 2013

My take is as follows

I believe we should look to keep things simple and unified. Kubuntu has
set out its stall as a default KDE experience, it should stick with that.

encouraging more users to "Try Out" Rekonq, grows the users and testing
community, and provides the potential for greater feedback, and increased
development for the upstream project. This is true for the whole KDE
package set.

I do not like the idea, of adding questions to the installer, in fact I
feel that it would be better to remove questions, ask less, assume more.
Whilst our technically savvy users may not appreciate this, think about the
broader audience.

We're are trying to persuade Sally Smith, who bought her Laptop from a
local retail store, all fully loaded with all sorts of software. All she
had to do was switch it on and give it a user name and set her password. 

That's what we're competing with, so we must try to recreate that user
experience in our own way.

However, you make an excellent point about users not knowing about
Software Centre, but perhaps this could be better served with some
explanatory information that is presented as the installer takes care of


Rick Timmis

On Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:37:01 +0530, Rohan Garg <rohangarg at>
> Hi everyone
> Since the default browser seems to be a fairly hot topic in Kubuntu
> I'd like to propose the following :
> * Keep rekonq as the default browser
> * Add a new browser selection page in Ubiquity right after the
> "Prepare" page which allows the user to pick one of the the 3
> available choices Firefox/Chromium/Rekonq ( rekonq selected by default
> )
> Pro's : People don't complain (loudly) about our browser selection
>            For people trying out Kubuntu for the first time who know
> nothing about packages and how to install software, it gives them an
> easy way to choose a more feature complete browser.
> Con's : Adds another step in the installer
> While some people might argue that users might not be able to choose
> one over the other, this will not hold true for most of the users
> since we can safely assume that they have used/heard about either one
> of the browsers in the past and already have a preference.
> I've also heard some issues being raised about chromium not having a
> security cycle in tune with our release cycle, but it seems that
> Lubuntu ships Chromium as their default browser.
> I'd like to hear everyone's opinions on this.
> Regards
> Rohan Garg

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