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

Lea Gris lea.gris at noiraude.net
Fri Jan 6 12:46:25 GMT 2006

Sander van Loon a écrit :
> On Wed, 2006-01-04 at 15:48 -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote: 
>>For the same reasons why we provide OpenOffice.org rather than
>>Abiword/Gnumeric/etc.  Firefox is a cross-platform standard that is
> By the way I think you can't compare OpenOffice vs. GNOME-Office with
> Firefox vs. Epiphany. While apps like Abiword certainly are better than
> OO Writer, OpenOffice is a complete office suite, and GNOME-Office is
> not, GNOME-Office lacks an essential component, a presentation program
> as another reply mentioned. So I can understand why you want to keep
> OpenOffice because there are good reasons for that. However, I have not
> seen good reasons for staying with Firefox.
> You mention that:
> 1. Firefox is a cross-platform standard.
> 2. More recognizable and familiar to users and has momentum (what is
> meant with that?).
> 3. Users can easily get help with it.
> 4. Ubuntu received a positive response for shipping Firefox. 

> In short, the pro-Epiphany arguments are a lot more convincing to me
> than the pro-Firefox arguments.
> I hope the Ubuntu development team will discuss/consider this request.

There is no easy way to configure proxy in Epiphany and you have to go
to about:config (not particularly user friendly)

There is no Accept-Language string configured by default so you have to
go set it up if you want multilingual sites to show you content in you
prefered language.

You can't easyly select protocol handlers except by editing prefs.js or
about:config. So, if you want another email client to pop when you
select a mailto: url, that's very complicated to se up (same with
firefox though).

Dialogs pop bottom right of the screen (who konw why) that is very

That's all the funny things with gnome applications. They look neat at
first glance then you discover :
- It does not work as intended or crash (Evolution)
- It is never finished nor complete nor polished (missing preferences
dialogs or functions.

And who care ? That's only my opinion based on my experience. I know
several users who enjoy gnome apps sets and others who enjoy other set
of applications.

You can't deside which software to include as default based on a set of
quality and failures. That's all opinions and the opinions that count
are the users opinions, not some obscure developpers arytmethic :)

Léa Gris

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