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4Oct/05Off

Beating Dead Horses Out Of Sheer Spite

There is a great war of words going on over at Planet Debian about the newer version of Galeon and its lack of configurability. I stopped using Galeon a long time ago after using it pretty faithfully because it was small, fast, and had most of the features I wanted in a browser. This necessity for smallness/fastness came from using Debian on my clunky old laptop that would choke on either Mozilla or the then new and flashy Phoenix derivative. I tried it out again today and was even more disappointed although less irked because with the rapid development on Firefox I don't really need any of the toy browsers anymore.

Ouch. Toy. I know. The reason I call it, in addition to Epiphany, a toy browser is that it doesn't really do anything. I liked the initial plan or the one expressed by one of the developers that Galeon was supposed to be the 'advanced user' browser while Epiphany was for the "so I put the arrow on the box and I push the button then?" crowd that Gnome envisioned as its core audience. The other alternative (and a much less sane one) is using the gconf editor. Of course, Wouter Verhelst has the answer to why this sucks and he does a lot better job of demolishing its use as some kind of acceptable contingency plan for that evil, evil application level configuration. What is even more annoying to me is that the alleged advanced browser is just another Gecko dependent, clone of the other. Why? I guess because Gnome are designing for theoretical users instead of those actually trying to use their software. Fucking genius.

The sad part is that I really like some of the applications that come with the Gnome desktop but I guess if you don't love it then you should leave it. I've never been a patriotic resident of anywhere so I'm done trying to fight devs and phantom users and their bizarro world desktop environs.

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