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Old 02-05-2005, 04:52 PM   #1
dcdbutler
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Firefox vs. Konqueror


Hi,
I've installed Firefox on my new Mandrake 10.1 box using KDE 3.2 as I like it from using windoze and I'm used to it. I'm also used to being able to set Firefox as default by Edit-Preferences-General (something I find I'm also able to do with redhat 9 in gnome). But what's up? Under Mandrake/KDE, this option seems to have disappeared, or perhaps been overwritten by KDE. As a consequence, any hyperlink I touch from an email or in a kde program automatically opens up in Konqueror. It's not that I'm not a big Konqueror fan, I just don't know it and get irked when I can't easily configure my browser (I also don't particularly like the idea of having a web browser double up as my file browser).

Is there a good reason for the 'default option' in firefox not being there under Mandrake/KDE, and is there an EASY way to fix it?

Ta very much
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:01 PM   #2
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go to KDE= control center-> KDE Components-> File Associations-> +text-> html->

and set the default ap to firefox %u
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:03 PM   #3
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konqueror funtions better as a file explorer than a browser.. and believe me u would not want FireFox to act like a file explorer .. that could be the reason it got away..
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:16 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, short and sweet.
It's all done and dusted now, hopefully no more browser frustrations. I totally agree with your analysis about browser/file manager. I don't see the reason why the two should ever mix, especially since it's apparently so easy for people to write executable script to take advantage of security holes in web browsers.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 05:49 PM   #5
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aw shucks, welery,
I should have tested your remedy before posting my previous reply. I've just triied to punch on an html link in an email and - whoa - Konqueror is the beast that opens it up.
Well, I went to System-Configuration-KDE-Components-File Associations and added Firefox. Strangely, there wasn't a 'make default' option there, so I just removed the Konqueror entry from the options.
So, I'm a bit confused as to why Konqueror is still opening up links.................
hmmm
 
Old 02-07-2005, 10:48 PM   #6
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This is what mozilla posted on their website. I think wehn i set default i meant set firefox at the top of the list. The programs listed there are in preference order.:

KDE

* Open kcontrol (KDE configuration center)
* Select components -> components chooser
* Open the "web browser" component
* Check "the following browser" and type in "firefox" (or the name of your firefox startup command)

If you don't notice the "web browser" component :

* Select components -> file association
* Select text -> html in the MIME type tree.
* Select "Add..." under "Application Preference Order".
* Write the command "firefox %U" and press ok (you need "%U" so you can load URLs that are non-local files)
 
  


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