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Re: Default browser of FC3?
- From: "Lars E. Pettersson" <lars homer se>
- To: Development discussions related to Fedora Core <fedora-devel-list redhat com>
- Subject: Re: Default browser of FC3?
- Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 13:19:02 +0200
On 10/10/2004 03:35 AM, Ricardo Veguilla wrote:
I mentioned some reasons earlier, but one may also ask the question, why
Epiphany? Why not Mozilla, Konquerer, or Firefox?
Well, since I'm interested in hearing what is wrong with epiphany,
asking why other browsers aren't the default is pretty much irrelevant.
Please read the thread. Reasons for using Firefox have been given. I saw
no reason repeating these reasons (but if you want me to I can do
that) instead I wanted to broaden the discussion by also asking the
question above. I, and others, have given reasons for using Firefox, so
the question, why Epiphany, is quite valid at this place of the discussion.
I think the default should reflect the number of users of that
application. I.e. the most used browser should be the default, and I do
not think that Epiphany is the most used browser at the moment.
Quite frankly I don't think the current number of users is a good reason
to choose the distribution's default browser.
Why not? What should be used to chose the default application?
Based on this argument,
many people would never be exposed to new software, among other things.
They will be interested if the choice is there and users of said
application is pushing people to test and use the application. It is all
up to marketing. If you like Epiphany, market it! If people like it,
they will use it. If they do not like it, they will not use it.
I'm obviously assuming that all the popular browser are available for
those who want to use them.
Yes, the choice have to be there for those wanting to test different things.
used, I know, but not the most used. I do not think either that it will
be the most used, it is probably too minimalistic for most users. So why
Its simple, minimal and tightly integrated to Gnome, thats exactly why
the Gnome project decided to use it as official browser and I think its
the same in the Red-Hat/Fedora case.
Thanks for answering my question "Why Epiphany."
First, I think the "tightly integrated to Gnome" is irrelevant as Fedora
is not a Gnome only distribution. Gnome may be the default if you do not
make an active choice while installing Fedora, but making a truly Gnome
specific application the default for Fedora entirely, is in my thinking
wrong. Why not use a Kde specific application as the default? Your
proposal to use different "defaults" in different environments,
mentioned in another part of this thread, is a good one, although I do
not see any reason for making Epiphany default, even in Gnome. It should
be there as an option for users wanting minimalism, but it is in my
opinion not suited as a default.
Regarding minimal that may, or may not be, a good thing. The bad thing
is that this lead to less choice, which will make it hard to use. Choice
is not a bad thing, choice is a good thing. Minimalism is important in
critical applications though, but a browser is not a critical application...
Simple, well it might be, but all browsers are rather simple to use, so
I can not see that is a special issue for Epiphany. Firefox is also
simple to use, as an example.
At the moment I think the most used browser in the Fedora community is
Mozilla, based on it being the "default" now, and the spread use it has
both in Linux, and other operating systems. As the Mozilla team now seem
to push Firefox, I would seem logical for Fedora to follow this and set
Firefox as the default.
Mozilla is the most popular because it was the default.
Epiphany is not popular because its not the default... so...
Epiphany should not be the default because its not popular.
A high popularity means a huge user base. A huge user base means a lot
of people to ask questions if one gets lost. I am not saying that
Epiphany should not be the default because it's not popular, I am saying
Mozilla/Firefox should be used due the huge user base. If Epiphany would
rise to the heavens and get a huge user base, by all means, make it the
default. But let it get a huge user base and popularity before making
it the default, so that new users have people to ask for help if they
Firefox should be the default because, even though its not the most
popular (the ideal element of the default browser, in your opinion), its
the offspring of Mozilla which is the most popular.
If Firefox was not there, Mozilla would be the obvious choice. But as
the Mozilla team is pushing Firefox as the browser, Fedora would follow
this. Clear enough?
If I understood your position correctly, your arguments against epiphany
(which was what I asked for in my original email) are:
a) its minimalistic (which seems to be the "main" feature of epiphany)
b) its not the most popular browser at this moment
It has in some areas driven the minimalistic trend too far, making it
hard to use sometimes. Epiphany is, in my point of view, a niche
application for those that want and like minimalistic applications. It
is not suited as a default.
The popularity of the browser is, perhaps, the most important part
though. New users will need help, we should then have defaults that
reflect the user base. A huge user base means that a newbie easier will
get help from someone.
If you (and I, and everyone else that likes something different) can
change the default browser to something else, whats the point of asking
a user who may not know what firefox, epiphany,galeon or mozilla, to
chose a browser?
Choice! You give the user the choice to chose a default. If he/she do
not like this choice, he/she may change it with the preferred
application, and/or file types and programs dialog box. Most new users
come from the Microsoft windows world, and know, and can use, both
Mozilla and Firefox. Why should we steer them to Epiphany?
I think that this boils down to the question: Who is the target user for
that default app/setting/etc? In my experience default values are for
newbies... experienced user usually changed the defaults to whatever
they like (except when the default "Just Work" ;).
Yes, experienced user may, and will, change defaults. So looking from
the newbies point of view. What is best for a newbie, a browser that is
used by a lot of users, even in Microsoft Windows, where most newbies
come from, or a browser with a small user base, with few people to get
help from? (And I want to repeat, I do not think that this user base
will rise especially higher even by making Epiphany the default browser
in Gnome, and/or the whole Fedora.)
For me the choice is quite obvious, one should use the browser that has
a huge user base. Why? Because the confused newbie then will have a lot
of experienced users to ask questions to.
So, even from a newbie point of view I can not see that the choice of
Epiphany as the default, be it in Gnome only, or the whole Fedora, is a
Lars E. Pettersson <lars homer se>
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