Epiphany in Xubuntu?
hexzenn at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 18:01:37 UTC 2007
On 8/9/07, Vincent <imnotb at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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I can't think of any compelling reasons to package Epiphany by default over
Firefox. Most users prefer Firefox, and Kubuntu not packaging Firefox by
default is a problem many Kubuntu users have with a fresh install. One of
the first things every Kubuntu user I know does with a fresh Kubuntu is
The widening support for Firefox and extensions like NoScript and Adblock
Plus (among others) are why I choose Firefox over alternatives.
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