Epiphany in Xubuntu?

Vincent imnotb at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 15:09:45 UTC 2007

Hello list,

Recently I have been working with the Epiphany browser a bit, and I must
say: it's not bad. Now with the discussion on including Gnome dependencies
the idea occurred to me that perhaps it would be a good idea to replace
Firefox with Epiphany. I know this has been discussed before, and I'm not
really counting on it happening, but I wanted to give it some thoughts
again, because if we are to include Gnome dependencies, the barrier to
including Epiphany would be lower. In fact, it would be a way of staying
quite light-weight, while still being able to include perhaps more
functional apps (though I prefer Xarchiver to the sluggish file-roller,
taking the minor interface issues for granted).

Firstly, what is the reason for us to use Firefox by default? What exactly
do we require of a default web browser? I suppose it needs to at least be
able to browse the web. True, Epiphany perhaps has less features than
Firefox, but it does have most of the basics.

Furthermore, it has two benefits over Firefox:
 1) It's faster
 2) It integrates better with the rest of the desktop (though Firefox
already does a pretty good job for such a multi-platform application)

I guess when one prefers Firefox over Epiphany, this is because of Firefox's
many extensions (at least it can't be because of the tabs or the fact that
it's open source ;-). However, when someone is of the type to find and
install extensions himself, he probably is also perfectly able (and willing)
to install Firefox himself.

So, I'd like to hear everybody's thoughts and perhaps more reasons to
include one browser or another by default.


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