I’ve been following the development of Rekonq since quite some time. With the release of 0.6beta I finally made the switch from Firefox.
Getting FF’s bookmarks into Rekonq took some manual steps, but overall went smooth:
- Export FF’s bookmarks with its bookmark manager as HTML file.
- Close Rekonq/Konqueror, run
keditbookmarksand import the HTML file.
keditbookmarksfetch all favicons (select all and then right-click).
- Define your FF bookmark bar folder als KDE bookmark bar folder.
keditbookmarksand launch Rekonq again.
A few glitches came up pretty soon: All text fields were off, weird crashes on Facebook, and no spell check in text fields.
The first two glitches have already been fixed in Qt. So I added openSUSE’s pre-release Qt 4.7 repo and upgraded all Qt components. So far I don’t see any problems despite its pre-release status (it even fixed the flickering with apps using dbus-menu in the systray).
Spell check is indeed missing but luckily after Qt 4.7 the QtWebKit team will release new QtWebKit versions independently from Qt. So getting spell check after WK Bug 42100 has been fixed, we don’t need to wait all the time for a new Qt release.
Currently Rekonq has no extension support. It’s in development, though, and AdBlock support is built-in anyway (not that I care about a Web Inspector but that one is built-in as well).
A small but irritating quirk is the too high bookmark bar in Rekonq. Favicons are 16✕16 pixels but Rekonq stretches them. I circumvented the problem by manually defining higher resolution icons in
keditbookmarks. Now my bookmark bar looks very pretty with those high-res icons. 🙂
Yeah, I listed a few quirks but considering the big picture and how much FF sucks (performance-wise) these days, the benefits outweigh the quirks. Maybe if Mozilla Corp. reconsiders and officially releases a Firefox 4 variant built on the Qt port which Nokia has done for MeeGo Handset and follows the KDE HIGs (eg. no "Preferences" in the "Edit" menu), I may switch back. But since that scenario is unlikely, I stay with Rekonq for the foreseeable future.