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Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: tlcmd
Date: April 25, 2010 04:26AM

Has anyone compared K-meleon and Swiftfox on a Linux distro.
Currently I am "playing with" Linux Mint 8 'Helena' on my 320 G partitioned HDD.
The other partition is Windows XP SP2.
I'm getting tired of Windows' security problems: malware, adware, viruses, etc. Plus the increased cost of upgrading to Windows 7 will entail at least 2 new family computers due to the hardware requirements for this "new" Windows. Thus far Linux Mint is doing very nicely and is well on its way to becoming out main OS.

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: Fred
Date: April 25, 2010 11:23AM

Swiftfox seems to be a regular Firefox optimized
to the processor family of your computer.
Nevertheless K-Meleon with the wine emulator seems to
be faster to me.
An advantage of Firefox and its descendants can be
the bigger choice of available extensions, but every
added extension makes the browser heavier.
I prefer personally K-Meleon with its open macro
structure, where macros can be written in a way
that the particular needs of the user can be satisfied,
and macros do not slow the browser down.

Fred

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: siria
Date: May 13, 2010 02:28AM

Just for curiosity, do macros work in Linux? Or are there commands that don't, seeing that the whole browser has a few probs there? smiling smiley

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: Fred
Date: May 13, 2010 03:07AM

Most macros work.
Others, like mail macros for example, have been solved,
watch here :
http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/forum/read.php?1,106259,page=3
or will be solved if possible.
You can also add new macros tailored for Linux with wine.

Fred

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: siria
Date: May 13, 2010 03:21AM

Nice thanx smiling smiley Hmm, since I'm writing macros too, what does it take to 'tailor for Linux'...?

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: Fred
Date: May 13, 2010 04:19AM

The path to existing Linux programs called up
from inside the Windows app K-Meleon has to be given.
Linux will mostly be seen as Z: .
Sometimes it is best to call up the terminal program
xterm or the corresponding terminal of the distro,
to start the Linux app from there, sometimes with
options as parameters. For console programs anyhow.
For example, to start a net radio from a link with
the console player mocp :

exec("Z:\\usr\\bin\\xterm -e /usr/bin/mocp " . $LinkURL);

where the part called directly has double backslashes,
while the Linux part has single forward slashes, as the
backslash is not used in Linux.

Fred

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: siria
Date: May 13, 2010 04:48AM

Hmmm, complicated.... since I have no clue of Linux (and don't want to dig deeper right now cool smiley), but could that mean that only macros with exec-lines may have probs, and all others work...? Would promptforfolder or ...file stuff work like in windows, opening files and links?

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Re: Linux Comparison: K-Meleon vs Swiftfox
Posted by: Fred
Date: May 13, 2010 05:04AM

This would have to be checked from case to case,
but it's possible, if wine supports it, and if the
necessary tools are found. Wine is under constant
development, and new functions are being implemented,
but to find out if they are already, only testing
can reveal usually.

Fred

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