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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Not a fan
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 29th Apr 2014 17:04 UTC
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I run FF Nightly and first tried the "Australis" UI a month or so back, I found it just turns Firefox's UI into a mediocre clone of Chrome's UI - without any noticeable benefit (at least, speaking as someone who's been using Firefox since the days it was still called "Phoenix"). As others have said: if I wanted to use Chrome, I'd just use Chrome.

Fortunately, the combination of Clasic Theme Restorer + Classic Toolbar Buttons + disable tabs on top (along with restoring the add-on bar via View > Toolbars) is fairly effective at reverting FF to the old UI.

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