Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Today, Mozilla released the fourth beta of Firefox 4.0. After a period of what I would call stagnation, the Mozilla team are back on track with delivering interesting UI concepts. They were sensible enough to copy Chrome's excellent tabs-on-top UI, but have now also added something called Panorama, a new and very interesting way of managing your open tabs.
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Comment by RichterKuato
by RichterKuato on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:48 UTC
RichterKuato
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2010-05-14

I like this feature a lot in fact I had the same idea already. Except in my version it would replace Tabs. This is why Mozilla needs to make a new skunkworks browser, so they can just drop needless interface elements without existing users getting upset.

Right now the only real problem with Firefox is the use of XUL and Javascript for the interface. I think any interface built using a scripting language is going to have the kinds of freezing/stalling Firefox has.

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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by pandronic on Wed 25th Aug 2010 20:53 in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

On the other hand, what you lose in performance you gain in customization and extensibility.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

I guess, but if I had the choice, I'd rather have performance. At least until I could figure out how to program with XUL and Javascript.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What kind of practical flexibility is really gained by XUL? Are there other browsers/ plugins for firefox out there that are just XUL GUI differences? How popular are they?

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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by Fergy on Thu 26th Aug 2010 07:19 in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Right now the only real problem with Firefox is the use of XUL and Javascript for the interface. I think any interface built using a scripting language is going to have the kinds of freezing/stalling Firefox has.

That scripting language is running on the same engine that has been speeding up over 10 times. They are working on that same engine to make it usable for animations(kill the choppyness). Firefox's main feature is displaying webpages. Then why wouldn't you want to render the interface using the same parts?

Edited 2010-08-26 07:19 UTC

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

Well If they improve it enough to where XUL apps don't freeze/hang anymore then good. So far Firefox isn't as bad as some of the other apps built on scripting languages that I've used so I wouldn't underestimate them.

Right now though, I've yet to see a app using a scripting language without problems with responsiveness.

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