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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Benchmarks.
by judgen on Wed 30th Apr 2014 12:34 UTC
judgen
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On my system this new release performs horribly. Tested on both Debian Wheezy and Windows XP x64 and scores 2249 Points in futuremark's HTML5 suite. (http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/results?key=8v6X&resultId=4528315) Same benchmarks on FF27 gave 2800+ points, opera 12.16 was at 3100 points and opera-next/chrome/chromium all benchmarks at ~3600.

This might be system specific, but it is also visibly slower for some reason on this machine. Is the new UI using some Vista+ only features that was not used in FF27? (and if tat is indeed the case, why did the performance also suffer in Debian?)

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