Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Tabbed browsing is pretty much the norm by now, with even someone like me (who disliked it vehemently for a long time) finally giving in and start using tabbed browsing (thanks to Chrome, by the way). Well, apparently, Mozilla thinks its time to move on. They believe tabbed browsing has become obsolete, and are asking users to come up with a better alternative.
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I'm a bit worried, IMO Mozilla tries to take over more and more of the responsibilities of window managers. I think this is mainly due to the fact that Mozilla development is geared more and more towards Windows users, and Windows users only have one virtual desktop and use all applications full screen. So that's why they open all their tabs in one window even if it's many. You don't want your taskbar cluttered with Mozilla windows, if you have other applications open at the same time. For someone who uses virtual desktops that's much less of a problem. You group you tabs with windows, i.e. you only open ~10 related tabs in one window and if you have unrelated tabs open another window. I use one virtual desktop for browsing because I do it that way.

What I find a lot more annoying is how deficient bookmark organization is. I want to be able to organize my bookmarks in a tag-like fashion. Also why the folders I put on the location bar be links? It's a bloody pain to keep the folder on the bar synchronised to the folder in the bookmark menu. That's what needs some serious work IMO instead of tabbed browsing


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