Galeon? Make it simple to set up!
Most people are blaming mozilla for it's so bloated, buggy, slow and stupid. Well, yeah, right, but you forget about one thing: it has the most sophisticated HTML rendering engine ever (IE5 is behind, in my opinion). Mozilla's speed, or rather lack thereof, is caused by Mozilla's philosophy itself: portability. How in the God do you imagine building a complete, identical browser for 5 platforms every day? There has to be high-level coding involved, and I am, unfortunately, talking about Java, among others. It would be faster if it was written in ASM ;]
Let's get back to the HTML renderer. It can be abstracted from Mozilla and used as an embedded component (the `embed xterm into html widget idea I read in the articles is, on the other hand, absolutely ... dumb?'). So Galeon struggles to be a fast, lightweight, yet fully standards-compliant browser. Nice. But how do you explain that me, an experienced Linux user, feel overwhelmed when it comes to installing this beast? Downloading 25MB of mozilla source is already pretty nifty, and building parts of it gets even niftier. Galeon will be nice, when it comes packed as rpms, debs, tgz's, or at least tarballs. Right now, it's meant for total freaks. That's my view on this.
But there's a light of hope out there... thanks to the GTK-in-QT widget, Gecko is being ported to Konqueror. Now that's cool... Let's wait for the results.
And don't forget Gecko is a must... Sites are sophisticated and use a lot of hacking (undocumented hacking). 99% of them are MSIE-compatible. Now, if they make it seeable to Gecko, we're there. We can't expect from designers to make a site that acts the same in Opera, kHTML, gtkHTML and so forth. We won't change their minds, either. It would be a step backwards to the times of HTML 3.0, too. Now that's outdated.