The Good News: Ubuntu 8.04 ships with Epiphany 2.22.2, which is slick – faster than previous releases, with the same carefully-chosen set of features that really make Epiph seem like "Firefox done right".

One noticable new feature is Session Recovery (finally!). There’s still no session-saving, but at least if Epiph falls over it (usually) remembers where it was.

The Bad News: Session recovery gets a LOT of exercise in Epiph 2.22.2. This has to be the crashing-est browser I’ve ever used regularly, and I used to run beta versions of Opera, for Dog’s sake! There’s no pattern I can determine to these crashes, hence the lack of actual bug reports to Launchpad… One day it’ll be some random Web 2.0ish page (Facebook, sometimes Flickr…); the next some entirely basic webpage with nothing more exciting than HTML & basic CSS on it — so this can’t even be blamed on screwy Javascript, as was so often the case with Opera…

Do I just have lousy luck with Epiph 2.22.2, or is this a Known Problem? Must confess I haven’t even searched LP or Gnome Bugzilla yet… I’m relying on teh lazywebs this time. Why does this otherwise awesome browser crash so damn much?

By Brian Burger

Started this site way, way back in November 1998, when the web was young. It's still here, and so am I.

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