Is Ubuntu going to adapt Ice Weasel?

Paul Sladen ubuntu at
Wed Oct 11 11:12:30 BST 2006

On Wed, 11 Oct 2006, Scott James Remnant wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-10-10 at 17:52 -0700, Daniel Robitaille wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-10-10 at 18:58 -0500, Brandon Holtsclaw wrote:
> > I like this one.  Makes epiphany the default Ubuntu-Gnome browser
> [ship] firefox elsewhere for "people who want it", and then
> chose a better integrated browser such as Epiphany as our default.

Ubuntu got where it is by providing lots of sane defaults that people
actually WANT to use.  Ubuntu did not ship Epiphany and Ubuntu did not
ship on a DVD.

So ultimately, the visible difference for a user is clicking on:

  Applications->Internet->Web browser

instead of:

  Applications->Internet->Firefox Web browser

Looks the same (the non-free icons already went years ago), smells the same,
has the same set of security holes...

It is Mozilla that will loose branding (and revenue kickback) when Ubuntu
does this.  Ubuntu just needs to work out how to sell Firefox 2.xx as a
feature to users, when Ubuntu can't actually use the word Firefox.

Phrasing like "A web browser built on the power of Firefox 2.0" might
be factually/technically correct enough to avoid the whole issue.

> That might even help some of Ian's security problems.

It's my understanding that the backend gets a full-scale import as
frequently as the front-end does.

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