Re: Choice of default browser for etch
Well ... in one word: epiphany.
- integrated with gnome.
- People will use it like they use firefox, because it's behavior is
- users who wish firefox/iceweasel can install it also.
- the patch available (from the BR) seems to make sense.
firefox/iceweasel is a browser designed for other systems than *nix, not
using the shared libraries available. Therefor, it is slow and a dead
weight. Epiphany is well integrated with gnome and, has a gnome user, is
should be the default.
epiphany does not have the support for extensions, but it is better not
to have extensions than provide a slow browser to the users.
Users who wish can easily install iceweasel-gnome-support.
Ter, 2007-01-16 às 12:20 +0100, Loïc Minier escreveu:
> reassign 370098 tasksel
> I'm reassigning #370098 to tasksel for discussion of the default
> browser in the default desktop task (GNOME).
> #370098 has some small discussions on the topic, but the problems in
> gnome-desktop-environment have been addressed (the package depends on
> "epiphany-browser (>= 18.104.22.168) | gnome-www-browser" which will pull
> epiphany-browser unless one of galeon or iceweasel-gnome-support has
> been selected already). I think the current Depends are ok.
> There's a small thread on the subject which initiated this discussion
> on debian-devel@:
> The current situation is problematic for two reasons:
> - a lot of people think that epiphany should be installed by default
> and the default browser
> - the default gnome-panel and preferred applications reference epiphany
> which currently doesn't get installed
> I followed the debate on firefox versus epiphany on the Ubuntu lists,
> and I think the biggest arguments back then were the number of features
> Firefox had that Epiphany lacked and the name "Firefox" being popular.
> Today, I think these arguments need to be revisited as Epiphany gained
> features and plenty of plugins, and Firefox was renamed to IceWeasel.
> I don't know who and how we will decide what the default browser will
> be (a poll? :), but my order of preference for installed browsers in
> default installs would be:
> 1) epiphany + iceweasel
> 2) epiphany
> 3) iceweasel
> I deliberately list two browsers as my first choice, but I don't
> actually use any of the two: I use Galeon. :) I do think Epiphany
> makes sense as the default browser, but IceWeasel should be easily
> accessible for people used to Firefox.
> Once this is decided and implemented, we probably will have to update
> the default gnome-panel layout (to list firefox or to unlist epiphany),
> and/or the default browser. Please clone this bug once tasksel has
> been updated with the final decision.
> As a related technical implementation note, the default browser could
> be sensible-browser would the patch in #351901 be applied (will soon
> hit its first anniversary!). Or we could move to gnome-www-browser,
> but I prefer the former.
> Loïc Minier <firstname.lastname@example.org>