Browser selection from Ubiquity

Rafael Belmonte eaglescreen at
Tue Feb 5 00:37:08 UTC 2013

OpenSuse uses Firefox in KDE, LinuxMint uses Firefox in KDE, Firefox is a
better option even if it is not completely well integrated with KDE.
You always say that we cannot use Firefox KDE integration patches even if
we sync packages from the Blue Shell Team PPA. Well I think than I and some
other people don't completely understand the problem, overall when Kubuntu
used to ship Firefox with those patches in previous releases. Is it a
matter of manpower to maintain the patches? in this case, if we use the
Blue Shell Team PPA efforts, is it still/really a problem? Is it a matter
of legal issues by distributing Firefox patched? if this is the case, have
you seen that Firefox is distribuyed with a lot of patches in Ubuntu and
all other GNU/Linux distributions, what makes us different to can't do it?

2013/2/4 James Cain <james.cain.25 at>

> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at>wrote:
>> On Monday, February 04, 2013 04:08:26 PM James Cain wrote:
>> > I'll circle back to a comment above and if forced to choose one default,
>> > I'd vote for Firefox with the Firefox Blue Shell PPA enabled by default.
>> > Either way, it is how I personally set up new users in Kubuntu and will
>> > continue to do so.
>> That's not something we can do.
>> Scott K
> I understand, Scott. In my (admittedly naive reasoning), if we can package
> Kubuntu versions of Ubuntu packages, i.e. kubuntu-restricted-extras and
> apturl-kde, why can't we make the KDE-friendly modifications made by the
> Blue Shell PPA a requirement for Firefox in Kubuntu? I'm guessing that it
> could only be included officially if there's a Kubuntu developer willing to
> commit to maintain it, and move it to an official Kubuntu PPA? Since Blue
> Shell devs are also Kubuntu Devs (AFAIK) is this really an issue?
> I don't want to totally bikeshed this thread, so I'll drop out of the
> discussion after this post. At the end of the day, if rekonq isn't up to
> snuff as a viable replacement for Firefox/Chrome, then it shouldn't be the
> default. Kubuntu is the only Community flavor of Ubuntu that ships
> upstream's browser by default. There are GTK-based browsers out there, but
> they are not included by default elsewhere. Having rekonq as the default
> browser when every other official *buntu variant uses Firefox or Chromium
> will be a turn-off for at least a certain percentage of anyone trying out
> Kubuntu for the first time. Anything that could provide a "WTF" moment to a
> new user should be eliminated.
> Thanks for listening :)
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