Is Ubuntu going to adapt Ice Weasel?

Shot (Piotr Szotkowski) shot at
Wed Oct 11 23:18:35 BST 2006

Soren Hansen:

> On Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 01:48:39AM +0200, Shot (Piotr Szotkowski) wrote:

>> There’s always the option of IceWeasel in main,
>> Firefox in restricted (or multiverse, or commercial).

> If the reason for having a package called "firefox" is so
> that people will recognize it, this won't help much, I think.

The reason is that it would be installable via Add/Remove Applications.

> I think the set of people who are inclined to enable commercial or
> multiverse is almost equal to the set of people who will soon figure
> out that "IceWeasel" is in fact a Firefox in disguise

restricted is enabled by default, though.

> and hence, we will have achieved nothing
> more than more maintenance overhead.

Firefox maintenance would be Mozilla’s duty; that’s their whole point.
(Yes, I know that means it’s multiverse, not restriced material.)
The only problem on Ubuntu’s side is how IceWeasel would work
alongside Firefox; maybe the packages should simply conflict.

(Personally, I’d ditch Firefox altogether and go with
Firesocks/Freefox/IceWeasel, but I’m an engineer, not
a marketing person, so I can’t really judge this properly.)

-- Shot
No, no, it's spelled Raymond Luxury Yacht, but it's pronounced
Throatwobbler Mangrove.                        -- Monty Python
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