Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 25th Sep 2008 17:55 UTC, submitted by fsmag
Internet & Networking "Epiphany is the web browser for the GNOME desktop. Its goal is to be simple and easy to use. Epiphany ties together many GNOME components in order to let you focus on the Web content, instead of the browser application." This article starts out with a little history about the Epiphany browser and goes on to talk about the advantages of this light-weight browser.
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Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Thu 25th Sep 2008 21:39 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

It's hard to see the point of Epiphany. It strikes me as a leftover from the days when world + wife felt that they had to have a browser in their suite, and from when Gnome was obsessed with the "Users will do things simply and how we tell them" approach. OK, on low-power machines I can see a point, but then the excellent Opera might do just as well. On normal desktops, if you have Firefox there seems little point in bothering with Epiphany. Firefox can do so much more than Epiphany when you factor in extensions and on a modern dual-processor machine Firefox should be plenty fast enough. If it isn't, then there is always Opera waiting in the wings. And then there Konqueror, among other choices.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by sbergman27 on Thu 25th Sep 2008 21:57 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

On normal desktops, if you have Firefox there seems little point in bothering with Epiphany.

Firefox's Gnome integration is poor, and Mozilla doesn't really care. It's 2008 and while "Use image as background" has been there for ages... it hasn't actually worked for ages. And even on machines with reasonable memory, FF3 is a relative memory hog in comparison. The upcoming Epiphany 2.26 with webkit is lighter still. And *very* noticeably faster than FF3. In six months, there will be no reason to bother with FF under Gnome anymore.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Fri 26th Sep 2008 07:38 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
moleskine Member since:
2005-11-05

So Epiphany will be able to use Firefox extensions, is that what you're saying? Cos if so, that's good news. And if not, you're talking bollocks because extensions are one of the main reasons Firefox is so popular. Furthermore, I suspect that talk of "Gnome integration" is overrated. Opera isn't known for Gnome integration either, but no one complains about that. This isn't about worshipping at the cult of Gnome but about assessing the real merits of a web browser. My original point - that Epiphany is largely reinventing a wheel that doesn't need to be reinvented - is one of the curses of Linux.

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