Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Apr 2014 15:04 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Firefox 29 has been released, and the most prominent new feature is an entirely new user interface. It's smoother and less angular, and has clearly been designed to somewhat resemble Google Chrome. Hence, I personally think it's a major step forward - except for Firefox' version of the Chrome menu, which uses a grid of icons instead of a list (?!) - but I'm nearly 100% convinced many Firefox users will not like it. It's change, after all.

Luckily, Firefox is customisable to the point of insanity, so I'm pretty sure you can revert to the old look with the right themes and extensions.

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by ssokolow on Tue 29th Apr 2014 16:58 UTC
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While I do use the "Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis)" extension for the various things I wanted to keep (menu in the top-left corner, add-on bar, etc.), this mostly formalized tweaks I was already using via addons and XUL userstyles, so I don't mind it too much.

However, I will argue that the new menu is objectively inferior since one of the core goals of the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointer) paradigm is discoverability and the fat finger-compatible "toolbar in a popup" menu design is objectively worse at making keyboard shortcuts discoverable and visually distinguishing commands from submenus so you'll have the confidence to explore.

(Not to mention being worse than Chrome at feeling Desktop-native... which is the excuse Mozilla used to trim away or avoid adding various other features over the years.)

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