State of Konqueror - Was: Konqueror: webkit instead of khtml
first, let me state that Konqueror has been my standard browser for
many, many years now. It has been my standard browser although:
2. Flash *never* worked decently IMO
3. Java *never* worked decently IMO
It has been my standard browser because it still worked for
approximately 90% of the web pages I visit on a regular basis while it's
much better integrated in KDE than the alternatives. For the pages that
would not render in Konqueror I could still use Iceweasel.
The situation has dramatically changed in KDE 4. With KDE 4, 90 % of the
web pages I visit on a regular basis could *not* be rendered decently in
Konqueror. I could not even log in on bugs.kde.org with Konqueror from
one machine until 4.2.2 ...
Yes, KDE 4.2.2 ships a much improved Konqueror. But still, there are so
many sites that Konqueror won't display properly, including my *own*
sites. (Have you ever tried managing a Drupal site with Konqueror??)
So the question is not about Webkit or KHTML. I couldn't care less about
the rendering engine in use. The question is how usable Konqueror is at
the moment. For me the answer is sad but clear:
*Konqueror in it's current state is almost useless.* (For me!)
After using the "Open with Iceweasel" button way to often recently I'm
finally using Iceweasel as the default now. A decision I did not make
The sadest part is that it reminds me of a similar switch I made about a
year ago: I switched from KMail to Icedove because of the "most hated
bug" in KDE, the well known UI freeze in KMail. Do I go back? Don't
think so. Why should I struggle setting it all up again in KMail 4.x.x.
So the strange situation is this now: I'm facing a beautiful KDE 4.2.2
desktop while my most prominent standard applications have GTK
interfaces: Iceweasel, Icedove, Emacs, Inkscape, Gimp, Eclipse.
Do I use a single KDE app regularly right now? Well, yes, Dolphin (very,
very buggy), Amarok 2 (very,very buggy), Konsole and that's it.
(BTW, while preparing this mail Konqueror crashed on 3 different sites,
one of them bugs.kde.org!)
Christoph Burgmer wrote:
Am Montag, 27. April 2009 schrieb David Baron:
> Maybe now is the time to change it. Konqueror is nigh useless right now,
> slow, system-bogdown, wierd scrolling problems, you name it.
I don't want to add any more oil to the useless fire. But KDE 4.2.2 was
a huge improvement over the preceding versions wrt KHTML.