There was a discussion in Fedora mailing lists about replacing Firefox with GNOME Web as the default we-browser in Fedora 21. Fedora’s ML is a place with lots of brainstorming, debuting and ideas, and my personal opinion is that there wasn’t really such a case.
The main reason for this proposal was the bad integration of Firefox with GNOME desktop. In particular the points that were referred on the discussion, were:
- Visuals that don’t fit with the rest of the GNOME
- Touch Screen support
- HiDPI support
- GPU acceleration
- Notifications & other integration with GNOME Desktop
Except these issues, Firefox should also drop the GTK2 and other XServer dependencies, so it can work natively on Fedora’s next graphic stack (Wayland), something that (the competition) Chromium already does (alpha) with Intel’s Ozone-Wayland layer, and developers promises better performance there.
Right now the latest stable Firefox version is 29, but version 30 is coming out today and the latest development is 32, with 33 coming also today. Firefox 32 release is scheduled for September 1st.[caption id="attachment_26708" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Firefox-GTK3 (31.0a1) running against GTK+ 3.13.2 with Adwaita dark
Firefox widgets are custom, and not GTK ones.[/caption]
I am going to reprint a mail from Martin Stransky, which is the main developer of Firefox-GTK3 port. So this is just an email, nothing official.
About GPU Acceleration Martin says
About Integration with the desktop’s Geolocation services
About System Notifications integration
About GTK+ 3 support
About High DPI support
About Touch Screen support
About replacing Firefox with GNOME Web & (Fedora) stop contributing in Firefox
Port GTK2 to GTK3 => https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=627699
You can read the full mail threads at
Should Firefox stay the default browser in Fedora Workstation?
Firefox Gtk3 test package