Firefox and mime type handling is gconf specific :-(

Robert O'Callahan robert at
Tue Jul 1 20:35:43 BST 2008

On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 7:11 AM, Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at> wrote:

> On Tuesday 01 July 2008, Dan Kegel wrote:
> > Overheard at work:
> > "It looks like Firefox 3 made the decision to query the OS for mime /
> > url handling. For instance, if we set the default picasa:// url
> > handler in GConf, then Firefox 3 knows what to do. The problem is,
> > GConf is Firefox's concept of "the OS" on Unix. (they say KDE didn't
> > help with integration and prefer Konqueror anyway)
> This is most likely just an excuse.

Dan's reporting something he heard someone say about what some Mozilla
developer said. I wouldn't put too much stock in it :-).

The fact is that Mozilla's paid developers don't have the energy to maintain
two X/Linux ports. No volunteers have come forward to maintain a Qt port or
contribute KDE integration points. So it hasn't happened.

I was hoping through the efforts of desktop-architects and others that this
would be solved at the toolkit level, so a GTK app would just work well in a
KDE environment and we wouldn't have to write a lot of new code. We still
seem to be pretty far away from that :-(.

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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