Former Galeon Maintainer Starts New Epiphany Browser Project

Wednesday February 19th, 2003

The former maintainer of Galeon, Marco Pesenti Gritti, recently started a new project to develop a Mozilla-based GNOME browser called Epiphany. The project's goal is to build an end-user browser that is simple, standards-compliant, follows the GNOME HIG 1.0 and integrates tightly with the GNOME desktop environment.

WriteTheWeb's Edd Dumbill has a review of Epiphany in its current developmental state and has an article about the browser with more information, including a screenshot. Thanks to spark for the news and links.

Update! CNET has a story about the upstart browser.

#3 RE: I Don't Get It

by aganguli

Wednesday February 19th, 2003 12:15 PM

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I think it comes down to Marco's strong feelings about usibility. I don't follow Galeon development, but I bet he made some attempts to apply his UI philosophy (which happens to coincide with the new Gnome UI philosophy) and got a lot of push back from other developers. He needed to fork so he could be the UI-dictator.

Hmm. That sounds bad - in fact I think he's got the right approach. UI design is an area where consensus probably isn't the right approach - you end up with a zillion features.