The web browser is nowadays the most important and frequently used tool in a computer. Recently I’ve been using more the Chromium browser than Firefox, on in Debian’s case, Iceweasel. This is for several reasons:
- Better memory management (doesn’t eat up all my RAM)
- Extensions are also available for Chromium
- Faster browser startup
- Faster page loads
- Full HTML5 support, which is lacking in Debian Wheezy’s Firefox (err… Iceweasel) which is still on version 3.5.19 at the time of this writing.
So I decided to change my default browser to open in Chromium for all applications. To do the change, at the terminal, type:
sudo update-alternatives --set x-www-browser /usr/bin/chromium
sudo update-alternatives --set www-browser /usr/bin/chromium
If you’re using KDE 4 you also need to open the System Settings, click on Default Applications, Select Web Browser and choose the second radio button option so it reads: “Open http and https URLs in the following browser” and type “chromium” in the text box. Click the Apply button and close the window.
Since I do almost everything with Emacs, I also needed to configure it to use Chromium as its default browser. To set that, you just need to add the following to your .emacs file:
(setq browse-url-browser-function 'browse-url-generic
I still love Firefox, but it has staled away from the cool minimalistic and fast browser it was when it started. Chromium is now filling that gap, so I hope that in future versions (maybe the new Firefox 5?) memory handling gets better as well as loading times.
Change your default browser to Chromium in Debian and Emacs by Gabriel Saldaña, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Mexico License.