Browser chat (was Re: about empathy as the default IM application)

Evan R. Murphy evanrmurphy at
Wed Jun 17 20:56:16 UTC 2009

2009/6/17 Danny Piccirillo <danny.piccirillo at>:
> Wow, yeah that was a long time ago...definitely grab the newest version
> using the WebKit and Midori PPAs. It's really great and it's GNOME too. I
> find it to be much faster and sleeker than Epiphany, and seems to have more
> features. IMHO, it's just designed better. It is certainly not ready to take
> on Firefox, but in the long term, it certainly could.
> I would encourage everyone to give it a shot using the newest version
> Midori (or Epiphany) vs. Firefox
> What would Midori need to replace Firefox? It has plugin support, so let's forget about the number of actual plugins (similar to Empathy
> vs
> Pidgin, it would be unreasonable to expect that gap to close before we make a change),
> since the major ones seem to have been ported. What does Firefox have that
> Midori doesn't which keeps it from being the default browser in Ubuntu?
> (Let's also forget for this discussion that Epiphany is the default for
> GNOME and pretend that Midori just replaced it)
> [...]

2009/6/17 Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at>:
> [...]
> Personally, I think Epiphany Webkit for Ubuntu and Arora for Kubuntu would be
> *great* because then the default browsers for both would render things the
> same (and very well, at that).  They're both light & fast, though as I
> said...I still would like a way to use extensions.

Does everybody think it's wise to replace Firefox as the default
browser? I can understand that more lightness in a browser may be
desirable, not sure I fully understand the rendering issue (could
someone elaborate on that, please?), but Mozilla and FF in particular
seem like such great FOSS achievements to me that they may be an
important alliance for Ubuntu to maintain.

Just came across this Brainstorm idea on the same topic
(, but still wading through the
many comments.

Evan R. Murphy

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