Is GNOME > you? (was Re: [linux-elitists] Re: GNOME > you)
Mon Jan 19 01:57:14 PST 2004
In the immortal words of Jeff Waugh <email@example.com>:
> <quote who="Jim Richardson">
> > Galeon incorporated too much GNOME
> Very good description of the Galeon/Epiphany/GNOME stuff by the inimitable
> Luke Stroven:
> - Jeff
A few weeks ago, I erroneously reported that Galeon didn't handle
MIME types correctl, prompting Jeff Perkypants to admit that GNOME
has "urky" MIME handling.
Although I erased those messages, I'd still like to correct them.
GNOME has fine MIME handling for the stuff I was mentioning. (.doc
files open in AbiWord, .xls files in Gnumeric, and of course .pdf
has several options.) The only thing that is missing, which is
what I was looking for, is a cumbersome menu interface like
Mozilla's, where you can assign helper applications manually.
I applaud the work done by the GNOME folks. There's no need for
clunky GUI menus in this case ... it "just works." I don't even
care if the manual config is "urky." I don't need to use it!
Now I must hang my head in shame for posting to the list before
checking for myself, based on user comments (the cafe box in
question is not one of my primary computers, but it's in use
twelve hours a day by clueless Cafe denizens.) Turns out that what
the Cafe User meant is that the unstable Galeon I installed
sometimes crashes -- which I consider no big deal because of its
excellent crash recovery.
In the meantime, I've installed Mozilla Firebird as the default
Cafe browser. The features I miss the most from Galeon are the
menu-bar widget to resize text and the afrementioned crash
recovery. I have noted, however, that Firebird is incredibly easy
to customize (you can even install the "gnusto" plugin to play
text adventures in Z-machine format!) so I have hope that my
research will uncover a text-resizing widget for the browser menu,
and maybe someday even Galeon-style crash recovery (not that
Firebird has crashed ... yet!)
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