Epiphany depends on Firefox?

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Fri Apr 21 12:53:41 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:

> netkid91 wrote:
>> Uhmm...Pardon my arrogance...But actually needing Gecko is a PERFECT
>> reason to require Firefox.
> No, I don't think so at all. Gecko is an HTML rederer. Firefox is a web
> browser. Those are very different beasts. Firefox is a lot bigger than
> Gecko, it has a lot more bugs, and I don't want to be updating it just
> because I use a different Gecko-based browser.
>>  This is simply because the Firefox package
>> includes the XPCOM components and the Gecko engine, and because
>> Epiphany is dynamically linked against Gecko.
> Gecko should be a separate package?

I agree.  Firefox may be the _smallest_ current package containing Gecko,
but it really doesn't make sense that it be the way Gecko is distributed. 
You shouldn't have to install a browser as a dependency of a different
>> don't ask why, it's just the way it is.
> That's a very sad attitude. If everyone else had that attitude we'd
> still be in the stone age.

It's not the attitude one expects on a Linux newsgroup.  So, why is that the
way it is?  How difficult _would_ it be to disentangle gecko from Firefox?  

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