what is the reason for not making epiphany the default browser?

João Pinto Lamego at PT-link.net
Wed Jan 4 23:57:40 GMT 2006

IMHO being cross-platform is a key advantage for  firefox, even if the 
"Preferences" button is placed on a different menu section having the 
same functions, layout, themes and features (extensions) is a major 
productivity factor for those who are used to other OS or which 
frequently need to switch between OS.

I don't know much about Epiphany (I have only tested it a few times), 
but judging from the wikki the advantages are mainly about GNOME 
integration (and the always funny crash comparison).
I personally don't see a "default" interest or advantage on "session 
management" for a browser, unless you want to restore to the previous 
state from a crash (which I hope is not an expected event) in general 
people don't want to open the exact same set of pages they had when the 
browser was closed. Unless you are one of those users which starts the 
browsing by simultaneously opening ALL the pages you will be visiting 
during the day and and then keep those pages open until the end of the 
day (regular browser close), for this (rare???) practice with firefox 
you have the extension.

Attending the general acceptance of firefox as one of the most succeeded 
open source projects in my opinion Epiphany needs some better arguments.

Best regards,

João Luís Marques Pinto
PTlink IRC Network
PTlink IRC Software

Sander van Loon wrote:

>I asked this to Matt Zimmerman, he replied to me that I should post this
>on this list so that other people know the reason as well.
>Part of original e-mail to Matt Zimmerman:
>Please read this https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=18786 .
>Here you closed this feature request with the explanation that it should
>be discussed on the ubuntu-devel, and that it has been discussed before.
>So I started searching in the archives of ubuntu-devel of the past 6
>months. The only post which discussed this issue was this one:
>http://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2005-September/011292.html . Ironnically however another developer, Jeff Waugh, later replied that it should not be discussed on ubuntu-devel - http://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2005-September/011311.html .
>But what I still don't know is why the Ubuntu devs don't intend or don't
>want to replace Firefox with Epiphany by default. Could you please
>explain the reasons to me?

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