Launchpad entry: https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/browser-defaults
Created: 2005-09-07 by MatthewPaulThomas
Packages affected: epiphany-browser, firefox, ubuntu-docs, kubuntu-docs, edubuntu-artwork
Ubuntu's default home page for Firefox and Epiphany will be changed to http://start.ubuntu.com/, and the default bookmarks will be altered to include information accurate for Ubuntu.
When you install Firefox or Epiphany for Ubuntu, its default home page is a local file full of boring text:
My only other cosmetic gripe would be the default web browser home page. It is pretty ugly and scary as well since its a solid page of small text text text. In fact more than a single screen of text. You've got to scroll to read all the fine print. Confusing and technical and fairly ugly text.
Epiphany's default bookmarks are confusing:
The epiphany "bookmarks bar" shows no bookmarks, only a "Search the web" entry box. What can I do with it? Is there similar functionality to the firefox bookmarks toolbar where I can define my own bookmark buttons and menus?
-- Raul Acevedo
And Firefox's default bookmarks link to plugins that don't actually work in Ubuntu.
We can do better.
- Sally, an ex-windows user, is greeted by a giant page of text upon opening her browser. She doesn't understand this.
- Corey wants to let more people know about help.ubuntu.com and get more docteam members.
- Jeff wants more people to know about the cool things happening in Ubuntu.
- Home page
- Bookmarks menu
- Bookmarks Bar
Out of scope:
- CA certificates
- default browser chrome
Modern dedicated Web browsers have useful default home pages that let you search the Web.
mozilla.org Firefox: Firefox Start
gnome.org Epiphany: Google
Internet Explorer: MSN
Safari: Netscape.com (Apple edition)
Opera: Opera Search
The default home page for Firefox and Epiphany will be http://start.ubuntu.com/. If we decide to change the effective default later on, we can do that by setting up a redirect.
What is presented on this site is yet to be decided, but it should:
- be useful
- not steal focus from the URL field
- provide links to local (GeoIP-detected) Ubuntu resources
- not slow people down by discouraging them from the browser's/OS's toolbar Web search.
Possible elements include:
- a feed from the fridge
- a link to help
- a link to participate.
The default bookmarks should also be (a) useful, and (b) a subtle hint to how to use bookmark folders (Firefox) or topics (Epiphany).
Vanilla Firefox has "Quick Searches" and "Firefox & Mozilla Links" folders in its Bookmarks menu, including links to pages of plugins that don't work in Ubuntu. In its Bookmarks Toolbar it has "Firefox Help", "Firefox Support", and "Plug-in FAQ".
Vanilla Epiphany defaults to six empty topics in its Bookmarks menu, which looks broken, and a search field in its Bookmarks Bar, which is confusing:
The Bookmarks Bar should include these items:
- - possibly remove this if space isn't there
Ubuntu Help (http://help.ubuntu.com/)
The Fridge (http://fridge.ubuntu.com/)
Do these things early in the cycle to get good feedback.
- Remove existing FF bookmarks
- On the FF quick launch bar, remove the current buttons and add the above.
- Look to community to get a good layout, possibly including a design contest.
- Can the bookmarks be localized?
If not, I'd suggest adding a link to support for all languages http://www.ubuntulinux.org/support/supportoptions/local/ (the page needs improving, as with all of the website, but it might be a start) -- mdke