On Thu, 2005-02-24 at 09:51 +0000, Stephen Reilly wrote:
>> quick question for you lot.. cant seem to find out how to set
>> default web browser to firefox under kde on Mandrake 10.1.
>> Ive done the useual googleing and found a few pages but the
>> instructions are either out of date or Mandrake has changed
>> things around.. anyway.. any help is appreciated!
>Ok basically it isn't enough to just set the default browser in the
Just to clarify, this isn't a window manager job. The window manager
just manages windows. Desktop environments like Gnome and KDE are not
window managers. The default Gnome window manager is Metacity and the
default KDE window manager is Kwin (or it was when I was a lad).
> You also have to set it individually in certain
>applications which will spawn a broswer when a link is clicked upon.
If the app doesn't pick up the setting from your desktop environment
configuration it's not a well integrated application (sometimes apps
aren't even meant to be well integrated). The Gnome desktop environment
used GConf as it's configuration system. All well integrated Gnome apps
will pick up the default browser from there. Other apps like XChat (for
If an app isn't picking up your DE settings then the app is one of
* not designed for that DE
>example if you are running Gnome applications under KDE they often times
>won't be able to grab the default browser setting from kde.
Exactly, as Gnome apps aren't designed within the KDE framework.
Aidan Delaney email: adelaney at cs.nuim.ie
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