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[4]: Not a fan
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 29th Apr 2014 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not a fan"
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"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'.

Ok, granted - "clone" was probably an overstatement. That said, there's an obvious distinction between the traditional style of browser UI (most pre-Chrome browser UI were essentially tweaks/additions to conventions that were established AT LEAST as far back as Netscape 2 or 3) - and the recent versions of Firefox's UI clearly draw more inspiration from the Chrome style of browser UI than earlier versions of Firefox (or their Mozilla/Netscape predecessors), and have for some time now.

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.

Australis also has tabs on top by default; though, granted, I believe FF has been doing that for a while now - can't remember for certain, as that's typically been one of the first things I've turned off in FF and TB releases from the past year or two. The aesthetic style of the tabs is also obviously more similar to Chrome than it is to the traditional squared-off Firefox tabs. The "menu" bar also isn't visible by default, ditto for the status/add-ons bar - though, again, I'll grant that those changes have been there for a while; Australis certainly isn't the first/only example of Firefox's UI designers playing "mee too" to Chrome.

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