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May 18, 2004, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"After all the recent announcements concerning cooperation and integration between the Mozilla Foundation and the GNOME Foundation, I decided to compare GNOME's Ephiphany Web browser to Mozilla's Firefox. I installed Epiphany 1.0.6 and Firefox 0.8 on a Debian 'Sarge' GNU/Linux system. After about a week, I came away feeling that Firefox is unquestionably the better browser.

"Firefox isn't perfect. In fact, some of the problems I have with Firefox are exactly the kinds of things I like about Epiphany. Epiphany is completely written in GNOME's native toolkit, which makes Epiphany look and feel like a true desktop component. Firefox still looks a little off in that regard. For example, the menu system for Firefox blends in only as long as you're not actually using it; once you start to navigate the menu system you can immediately see differences between it and a native GNOME menu--the Firefox menu title depresses instead of highlights when it is clicked, and the menu list items do not share the native theme colors by default..."

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