My thoughts about Firefox.   Even if it uses more resources than Midori,
it's worth the extra bytes.   I am running Xubuntu (Teapot edition) from a
2GB SD card in my XO, and I have Firefox on it.   I installed the ePubReader
plug-in for Firefox.   This runs nicely and allows you to view eBooks in
ePub format, which is the up-and-coming open format for books.   You can
get  free ePub eBooks from several free sites, including,, and  Project Gutenberg plain
text files can be read on the XO in Sugar using the Read ETexts activity,
but that activity says "Read Etexts is similar to the original Read
activity, but instead of PDFs this activity works with the plain text files
created for Project Gutenberg."    Plain text versions are inferior to the
nicely formatted ePub books.  To get the ePubReader plugin, all you do is go
to "Tools > Add-ons > Get Add-ons" in Firefox and search for ePubReader.
It even updates itself when new releases of the plug-in come out.

Xubuntu doesn't use Gnome, but instead uses Xfce the light-weight window
manager.  I would rather give up Gnome's bulk than leave out Firefox.

One thing little annoying thing about using the ePubReader on my XO system
-- the directional buttons next to the screen don't work (aren't recognized)
so I can't turn the screen into tablet mode and still be able to navigate
page turns.   Does anyone know an easy way to map these keys into up, down,
forward, and backward keys?   It's been a long time since I played around
with keymapping in Linux.

Stan Sokolow


On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 5:14 PM, <>wrote:

> Some quick observations on  F11 for the XO-1 - Build11.
> ...

 <stuff deleted here>

> Gnome Desktop mode:
> In previous builds Midori was used as the web browser in gnome now Firefox
> is being pulled in.  Is this an intentional change or a side effect of
> changing the build system?  Midori is general considered to use less
> resources than Firefox.
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