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Old 02-14-2003, 03:06 AM   #1
Uncle Flip
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Angry Help! Cannot change browser


Howdy... Just installed Red Hat 8.0 ( my first Linux), and I love it...except for one thing. Mozilla was set as the default broswer, and I decided I like Konqueror better. Everywhere I could find a reference to a default browser, I changed it to Konqueror. However, Mozilla kept coming up. (This happened under KDE and Gnome.)

I finally decided to uninstall Mozilla, hoping the system would take a hint. Now, clicking a link in Evolution (or anywhere else, it seems) does nothing. It seems the system wants Mozilla or nothing else. I have an icon on the panel that will easily bring up Konqueror (under both desktops), so I know it works! (I'm using it right now.)

Any help is *greatly* appreciated!
 
Old 02-14-2003, 04:09 AM   #2
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Have tried right clicking on an html file in Konqueror file manager, and choosing Edit File Type ? You then see a list of apps to open this type of file with. The top app is used first, so just put whichever browser you want at the top of the list.
 
Old 02-14-2003, 10:45 AM   #3
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Have tried right clicking on an html file in Konqueror file manager, and choosing Edit File Type ?

When I right click on an html file, Konqueror is at the top of the list- and further, if I double click an html file, Konqueror handles it. The problem is hyperlinks inside e-mail and such. When I click on those, nothing. I haven't yet run across one with the file type extension at the end (ex: www.sizenine.com/blog/index.html). So far, they all seem to be non-extension links (ex: www.sizenine.com/blog/). I'm guessing a link with the file type extension at the end may open easily in Konqueror, but how many links in e-mail are sent that way?
 
Old 02-14-2003, 11:31 AM   #4
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Link update

I just got an Errata Alert from Red Hat Netwwork, which contained a link that had a file type modifier at the end (.html). When I tried clicking on the link in Evolution, still nothing. Blows my theory in the previous post. If I click a hyperlink within Konqueror, I'm fine. Outside, nothing.

Back to the forklift.....
 
Old 02-16-2003, 03:05 AM   #5
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Angry Browser update

I just re-installed Red Hat, and specified during installation that I did NOT want the Mozilla package. I figured that may be a way to get Konqueror to work. No dice. Red Hat went ahead and installed Mozilla anyway, and of course, made it the default browser. I again tried to toggle everything I could over to Konqueror, and it still wants to use Mozilla. This is really starting to tick me off.

Friday, I ran into a friend at lunch, and explained what's going on. He suggested that I switch to Mandrake. Seems to think it may acutally be possible to change my default broswer under Mandrake. Certainly doesn't work in Red Hat.

Oh, and every time I uninstall Mozilla, Open Office goes with it, and I have to reinstall.

I also can't seem to get kde-licq to come up under kde. Odd that a package specifically made for kde won't appear there!
 
Old 02-16-2003, 05:05 AM   #6
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another 2 pennies worth...

i have had a lot of problems with licq, it seems to work for a bit then
gets a stale PID problem and won't start again.

GAIM on the other hand is excellent, you can specify which browser you want "linked" to GAIM (galeon works best for me) and it is stable and supports loads of different chat networks.

I'm guessing that Linux is built different to Windows and so there are no system wide defaults, if you're in KMail and you click a link, Konqueror opens up cus they're linked.
Galeon is seemingly a very nice browser, far better than Konqueror, you can have multiple tabs which means you don't end up with loads of instances open. Galeon uses the mozilla engine, Konqueror is tied to KDE and KMail.

It's a bit irritating at times, but it ain't microsoft....
 
Old 02-16-2003, 11:07 AM   #7
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by salparadise

Galeon is seemingly a very nice browser, far better than Konqueror

I may have to give it a try. I didn't consider it, when the description said it was based on Mozilla. I don't really like Mozilla at all. But then, I susppose my problems with Mozilla are really more just aesthetic; if Galeon has a much different look and feel, it may be the best aleternative. That's part of why I like Konqueror- it just feels right when I use it.
 
Old 02-16-2003, 03:08 PM   #8
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Konqueror rules. I agree, that if you don't like mozilla you wont like galeon.

I managed to get konq as the default on my RH, so I don't know why it's not working for you.
 
Old 02-16-2003, 07:20 PM   #9
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OK, got something working

Sal, thanks for the tip- I installed Galeon, and it set itself up as the default browser with no problem! It may use the Mozilla engine, but seems worlds apart. It is very aesthetically pleasing (nothing at all like Mozilla), and I am very happy with it.
 
Old 02-16-2003, 08:13 PM   #10
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Re: OK, got something working

Quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Flip
It is very aesthetically pleasing (nothing at all like Mozilla), and I am very happy with it.
if you're only problem was the look, you could have made your own skin for mozilla (or galeon). Don't blame the developers for not designing something that you find attractive - the actual engine rocks.

Also, if you like galeon, you may also want to try out phoenix (also based on mozilla).
http://texturizer.net/phoenix/index.html
 
Old 02-16-2003, 08:31 PM   #11
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I don't think I agree with the phrase 'blame the developers'. I didn't blame them for anything, really- just preferred one piece of software over another. Isn't that why we're all using Linux anyway?

Besides, I'm a bit oo much of a neophyte at this point to make my own skins. That'll come with time.
 
Old 02-17-2003, 04:03 AM   #12
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strange isn't it how we can use one browser and just hate it, and use another and love it.
It's just a few buttons and a window frame.
Yet we instinctively like some and dislike others.
What strange creatures we are.

I'm glad you like Galeon.

I like the choice linux gives me...
several tools for each job.
 
Old 02-17-2003, 10:09 AM   #13
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Just a matter of style, and personal preference. Ultimately the same as having a fondness for Degas over Monet, or Dali Over Picasso. In the end, they do the same thing...
 
  


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