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[2]: Comment by ddc_
by bassbeast on Sun 4th May 2014 20:09 UTC 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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