change default Web browser

update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
also use: update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser

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By: gwd
2012-07-08 20:27:42

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to change default text-mode browsers (added for comprehensiveness): update-alternatives --config www-browser
gwd · 311 weeks ago

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