Flex Development on Linux Tip: Use Epiphany not Firefox

I am usually on Linux when I develop Flex applications and I recently discovered a cool trick that makes development even easier. Use Epiphany as the browser you run / test your applications in instead of Firefox. Here’s a few reasons:

  • If Epiphany crashes because your app goes crazy it doesn’t take your normal browser and all its sessions down with it.

  • Epiphany uses inotify or a file watch and automatically refreshes when your application changes. It saves quite a bit of time to have the application already loaded before I can even switch to my browser.

  • Flash works the same in Epiphany as it does in any other browser.

I hope others find this useful.