[Bug 380196] Re: add an alternative to /usr/bin/firefox

Alexander Gieg alexgieg at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 16:42:37 UTC 2009

I don't understand Mr. Sack's answer. A normal user know nothing about
alternatives, sure. But he knows that if he has "Firefox 3.0" and
installs "Firefox 3.5", that icon named "Firefox" should start "Firefox
3.5", not "Firefox 3.0". This is how it works everywhere intuitiveness
is the goal, starting by Windows. Why should Ubuntu be different? It's
just common sense that the button that starts "Firefox", or the terminal
command "firefox", or softwares that call a browser to open a link,
should all start the latest installed version, not some other, much less
not use the one that's running (as happened to me yesterday, when
clicking a link in Pidgin started a Firefox 3.0 instance instead of
adding a tab inside my opened Firefox 3.5.

It doesn't matter how Ubuntu solves this kind of unintuitiveness, if
through alternatives or some other mean, but it should be solved
nevertheless. Saying normal users don't know anything about alternatives
is sidestepping the issue, not addressing it in any proper way.

add an alternative to /usr/bin/firefox
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