Let's go with Firefox by default

Phill Whiteside phillw at vpolink.com
Mon Jun 10 21:50:11 UTC 2013

+1 for Firefox.



On 10 June 2013 22:47, Julien Lavergne <gilir at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was going to prepare a long thread with advantages / disadvantages
> between Firefox and Chromium, but let's make it a bit short :-)
> If I am lazy, the logical choose is to keep Chromium, because Ubuntu
> (Canonical) already decided to switch to it. So, much of the work from
> Ubuntu will go to Chromium instead of Firefox. However, many arguments
> is are favour of Firefox in our case :
> - Good behaviour on old hardware : thanks to your tests, Firefox seems
> to behave well on old hardware. I also saw it on my own testing
> system. It's difficult to say if 1 is better than another one, but a 1
> tab use of Firefox seems a bit better, and many users still use only 1
> tab :-)
> - PowerPC support : Firefox support is still limited, but Firefox
> exists on powerpc. No need to advertise the fact that we have 2
> different browsers.
> - Even if Chromium is open source, it's still very close to Chrome and
> Google. In a politic view, it's better to have a product managed by a
> foundation (still, they have a lot of money from Google ...).
> - Customization support : You can add bookmarks and other
> customization to Firefox. Chromium doesn't have it (yet ?). There is
> also (still ?) a module to install flash support.
> - No "It's dead Jim" bug. It may be fixed in the future, but I'm not
> sure it will be critical enough for Canonical to but a lot of effort
> to fix it. It mostly affects us only, not Ubuntu.
> - Quick update of new upstream versions (I hope it will be the same
> without Canonical support).
> - The next big UI update will be great ! (I know, it's not a real argument
> :-))
> Still, Chromium has advantages :
> - Canonical support (it's my main concern about the switch).
> - Native webapp (I didn't find a way to launch webapp in Firefox).
> - Many apps in the Marketplace (the Mozilla one is still young).
> I still think that the difference between the 2 are not so big, and I
> would like to make easy to switch from one to another, so everyone
> will be happy.
> If people have concern about this switch, it's time to speak :-) I
> don't plan to come with this discuss again for 14.04 (except, if there
> is a big problem using Firefox during 13.10).
> Regards,
> Julien Lavergne
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