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: Not a fan
by Fergy on Tue 29th Apr 2014 20:35 UTC in reply to "Not a fan"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

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.

That's weird. I have never found the customize button in chrome. Where is it?

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RE[2]: Not a fan
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 29th Apr 2014 20:59 in reply to "RE: Not a fan"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

"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.

That's weird. I have never found the customize button in chrome. Where is it?
"

I'm detecting high levels of sarcasm, but my sarcasm-detector is having difficulty honing in on an actual point. Are you contending that the ability to customize the FF toolbar makes Australis not a clone of the Chrome UI...?

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RE[3]: Not a fan
by Fergy on Tue 29th Apr 2014 21:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a fan"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I'm detecting high levels of sarcasm, but my sarcasm-detector is having difficulty honing in on an actual point. Are you contending that the ability to customize the FF toolbar makes Australis not a clone of the Chrome UI...?

Yep. The second you customize the look of Firefox you can't call it a Chrome clone anymore. I am under the impression that clone means 'the same'.
On top of that is that the only thing in Australis that is the same as chrome is the menu button. All the other buttons are different. When you open the menu it is even more different.

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