Firefox Dilemma

Joel Bryan Juliano joelbryan.juliano at
Thu Mar 8 05:25:26 GMT 2007

On 3/8/07, Vincent Trouilliez <vincent.trouilliez at> wrote:
> "Joel Bryan Juliano" <joelbryan.juliano at> wrote:
> > Firefox had been the default web browsers for most of the Linux distributions.
> > Now, Farsight Linux decided to switch to Epiphany as their default
> > browser, and alot of people couldn't agree more.
> > For Firefox, the situation is simple, most of the applications that
> > had been written for Gnome doesn't support Firefox.
> >
> > One very strong reason is "Gconf", almost all Gnome's native
> > application has a gconf configurable option, which Firefox, the
> > default web-browser for Gnome doesn't have.
> Hi,
> I think you misunderstand something.
> Firefox isn't the default Gnome browser, however Epiphany is, which is
> why it it integrates perfectly to Gnome, and why you see it in
> Farsight, since IIRC Farsight is precisely meant to showcase Gnome.

In the wikipedia article for default says.
"A default, in computer science, refers to a setting or value
automatically assigned to a computer program or device, outside of
user intervention. " -

And for alot of Linux distributions, that is the case, and Firefox
_is_ the default web-browser preset without user-intervention, so it
is called default.

> Yes, I too much prefer Epiphany over Firefox (overall), purely because
> it's a native Gnome program hence integrates perfectly with the Desktop.
> However the subject of Firefox vs Epiphany has been beaten to death
> since the debut of Ubuntu. As far as I can remember, the outcome was
> that although it was obviously recognized/acknowledged that the Desktop
> integration and simplicity of Epiphany is a strong, good point, it was
> nonetheless judged that the familiarity Windows users have with
> Firefox, was of more value.
> Since this situation is unlikely to change anytime soon (since FF is
> getting increasingly popular on Windows), and since it's so easy to
> install Epiphany, I didn't see a point in wasting time arguing on the
> matter... ;-)
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> Vince
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