default applications for natty

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Tue Jan 11 15:33:12 UTC 2011

On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Micah Gersten <micahg at> wrote:

> On 01/07/2011 09:51 PM, Phil Whitaker wrote:
> > I agree that we shouldn't change the default apps too much and should
> > only do so if there's a real benefit to be gained.
> >
> > That said, my browser vote goes to Chromium - I switched from Firefox
> > over 12 months ago and I've never looked back.  The daily version of
> > Chromium from the PPA is slightly more unstable than Firefox, but I'm
> > assuming we'll go with the stable release, so this shouldn't be an
> > issue.  IN my opinion, Firefox is old and tired when compared to
> > Chromium - the layout is cleaner and I'm much more productive since
> > switching.
> <snip />
> >
> > Hope that helps.
> >
> > Phil
> People seem to be forgetting that Firefox 4 will be in Natty (beta 8 is
> already in), not the current Firefox that's in Maverick and earlier
> releases.  I think it's unfair to compare Chromium to Firefox 3.6.  For
> those that want to try Firefox 4 on a stable release (karmic and up), we
> have a test version in the firefox-next PPA (sudo add-apt-repository
> ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next).  The package is firefox-4.0 and can be
> installed side-by-side with the current Firefox.
Exactly. I've been using the daily builds for Firefox 4 for a while now, and
they're *A LOT* faster, and way better feature-wise compared to Chromium. If
anybody's going to do a comparision, try to wait until Firefox 4 is

Speaking of which, I wouldn't switch important default applications like the
webbrowser without such a default comparison, anyway. (e.g., it's important
to also take the transition period in mind; will people upgrading between
versions of Xubuntu be able to keep their bookmarks and the like easily?)

> Micah

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