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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RE: Comment by ddc_
by WereCatf on Tue 29th Apr 2014 19:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
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IMO new UI is much worse then the old one.

I took a quick glance at the comments and it looks like I'm pretty much the only one who doesn't hate the new UI. I think it looks just fine, the change to what I had before is pretty small and I don't think it's to the worse. Some of the icons changed place and the menu is now easier to grasp at a quick glance -- not really worth all the outcry, IMHO.

Oh well..

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RE[2]: Comment by ddc_
by WorknMan on Tue 29th Apr 2014 19:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
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I took a quick glance at the comments and it looks like I'm pretty much the only one who doesn't hate the new UI.

As long as I have the old menu bar still, I'm good. I am visually impaired and so run all of my apps maximized, in a low resolution. In Remote Desktop, Chrome is pretty much useless for me, because the RDP title bar completely covers at least two tabs.

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RE[2]: Comment by ddc_
by p13. on Wed 30th Apr 2014 06:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
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Nope, not the only one.
I like it.

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RE[2]: Comment by ddc_
by bassbeast on Sun 4th May 2014 20:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
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I think the complaint is it looks like Chrome, so why not just use Chrome? I feel the same way about Metro, if I have to learn a new UI why would I stay on windows instead of just switching to iOS or Android or ChromeOS or OSX?

The problem is it is REALLY making Mozilla look like an also ran ersatz of the front runner and that really isn't a good place to be. From ripping off the breakneck Chrome release schedule to now ripping off the UI it really does feel just like a cheap knock off and folks generally don't care for knock offs, especially when the "real thing" doesn't cost anymore than the ersatz.

the only good about the whole situation is that FF has been forked enough times that if Moz loses users like flies there is a chance one of the other gecko browsers might pick them up, Personally I like Palemoon but there is Icedragon and Waterfox and Seamonkey so its not like we don't have choices.

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