Firefox is our only viable web browser at the moment.
Here's an interesting idea for Workstation. There's a GNOME welcome screen that appears right after you first install Fedora and you login for the first time. What if you presented a setup screen that asked what you would like your default browser to be from either Firefox, Google Chrome and lastly GNOME's own in-house browser product?
What is your preferred default web-browser?
- Google Chrome
- GNOME Web (default)
After selection a quick warning should appear about Google Chrome and Firefox regarding any relevant/present proprietary software, privacy or other items the user should be informed about.
When the user runs a Live Image for testing, without installing, you simply bundle it with GNOME's browser by default so they can read HTML documentation or look around or lookup information relevant to the installation they're about to perform.
There are a few problems with the browsers above though. With Google Chrome you would have to either package Chromium in Fedora or download the RPM directly from Google's own official Linux repo. Mozilla does not package an official RPM or have any Linux repo so Fedora needs to be able to provide both Firefox and Firefox Nightly for users in it's own repos. Providing Firefox Nightly would allow Linux users the same ease of installation as other Firefox users on Windows/Mac. Then GNOME Web might be in beta stage still and not ready for real world use.
GNOME Web is the ideal default choice because it conforms to the most up-to-date GNOME 3 HIG but is it ready?