Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jul 2009 21:49 UTC
Google Chromium/Chrome, everyone's favourite web browser that descended from heaven to take us by the hand and guide us to the promised land of web browsers (that's how I look at it, anyway, but I'm insane) has been steadily evolving its Linux port. The latest feature addition? The first signs of native themeing.
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With current firefox, unless you choose fullscreen navigation, you will have a 400 pixel tall working UI controls/Bookmarks/Navigation bar.

You can do much better than that without full-screen. The menu bar hardly takes up any horizontal space, so move the bookmarks to next to it. Turn off text on the toolbar - the icons are fine on their own.

By my measurements, I'm losing about 180px of screen space, counting both Firefox and the desktop. Still not as good as Chrome - I count about 90px lost there - but much better than the default.

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google_ninja Member since:

on the maximized windows firefox, 133 pixels for everything at the top (including the titlebar), and 24 pixels of status bar at the bottom. Chrome takes up 64 pixels at the top, and nothing at the bottom. getting rid of the bookmarks bar in firefox brings the top bits down to 107, which makes it take only double chromes real estate.

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xnoreq Member since:

With the Hide Menubar or similar addons you can easily get the same results in Firefox.

Still I really like their decision to adopt native UI stuff - they should do the same on Windows.

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steviant Member since:

Firefox's interface IS heavy compared to Chrome (and the Chromium prereleases). Looking at Firefox 3.5 vs Chrome is like the comparison between Firefox and the Seamonkey suite. It feels dated and clunky.

Fortunately help is close at hand in the form of add ons.

The Personal Menu add on, which allows you to create a personalized menu which contains only the options you want while retaining the IE-like ability to get a full menu bar via the Alt key.

The Fission plug-in allows you to get a progress meter in the URL bar like previous versions of Safari, and can display link targets in the URL bar. This allows me to permanently do away with the status bar by providing a redundant source of the only information I value.

You can see the results of these two plugins at which shows a comparison Chromium and Firefox on Linux.

Edited 2009-07-09 07:26 UTC

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