Should Firefox stay the default browser in Fedora Workstation?

Elad Alfassa elad at
Fri Jun 6 15:52:33 UTC 2014

Should Firefox stay the default browser in Fedora Workstation?

I know it's powerful, it has a lot of extensions, and it's popular. But
it's integration with our desktop is lacking and getting worse all the time.

Here's a list of things Firefox lacks in Fedora:
* GPU acceleration
* Integration with the desktop's geolocation services
  * On that note, geolocation doesn't work at all in Fedora's firefox at
the moment
* Integration with the desktop's notification system
* Support of url scheme handlers (this used to work)
* UI that matches the rest of the desktop (without installing 3rd party
theme and extensions)
* GTK3 support
* High-DPI support
* Touch input support´╗┐

Some of those issues are being actively worked on, other have incomplete
patches in upstream's bugzilla with nobody working to finish them, and some
of them seem to be issues that will never be solved (such as making the UI
feel more "native" to GNOME).

Meanwhile, Epiphany (GNOME Web) keeps getting better and better, perhaps we
should consider it as the default?
-Elad Alfassa.
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