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 books.google.com, www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain, and gutenberg.org. 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, rihowa...@gmail.com <rihowa...@gmail.com>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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