Mozilla Gives Firefox Browser a Facelift with a Focus on Customization

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tenchymuyo2

Get addons: Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis).

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philipa25

Any recommendations for a ff replacement? Can't stand the horrible interface with it's greatly reduced customization. Can't stand chrome for the same reason. I'm not going to stick it out with firefox and support this crap.

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tenchymuyo2

Get addons: Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis).

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John Pombrio

The one thing that keeps me running Firefox is the left hand sidebar and some of the nice extensions. I use the sidebar for history and bookmarks. There is just no equivalent in Chrome.

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Nixon

It actually lost some customizability. Can't move the refresh button from out of the URL bar, forward and back arrows are locked. But I never really used them since I've been using key shortcuts for a long time.

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tardisromana

Well Firefox just lost another user. I can't stand the new UI and I've swapped over to Pale Moon from now on. This is just like what happened with Microsoft with Windows 7 to Windows 8: they keep changing the UI.

Also there's actually fewer customization options in the new Firefox. For example, I can't detach the back/forward buttons from the address bar and move them to the far left, with the reload and stop buttons separated just to the right and an undo tab-close button to the right of that? Don't want to have to download yet another add-on to restore basic functionality to my browser. Yea it's on to Pale Moon for me.

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hornfire3

I run Firefox Nightly since 2012, and this new design is old news to me. I already have the new look since its release to Nightly back in December. It was a bit difficult at first, but I got used to it. I like the new look.

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Vano

Firefox lost a lot of user base to Chrome. Now they are trying get them back by presenting Firefox as Chrome???
You got to be kidding me!

I've made a few extensions for Firefox, and know first hand how difficult it is to learn it, not only because of it's complexity (Chrome's API and extension capabilities is a child play by comparing), but also because of all the changes they do and lack of up-to-date documentation with examples.
Recently I've been seriously thinking of abandoning Firefox as a user and developer, because I don't see it's feature the way it's been going lately.

And join with BlazePC comment:
"If I wanted Chrome, I would have installed Chrome!"

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Blues22475

"Recently I've been seriously thinking of abandoning Firefox as a user and developer, because I don't see it's feature the way it's been going late"

I am starting to feel this way as well. Half of me doesn't care too much about the Chrome look-a-like interface because I use it at work, but seriously?

The other half of me is like I want to abandon it now because they're copying Chrome.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Well, I like it. The red-orange Firefox button was somewhat distracting, but I didn't notice until it was gone. I like the way it looks now.

And Chrome? Who wants a browser designed to market your browsing habits?

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Eoraptor

I miss the orange button... it and its purple porn-mode counterpart were quick visual identifiers of what my browser was up to.

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fung0

Changing the UI is something that should happen almost never, and only with massive justification. Apple proves that with the Mac... same basic UI since 1984, and the most passionate fans on Earth.

What's particularly disturbing about FF29 is how much customization flexibility is being removed. No option to put the tabs on the bottom. No option for small taskbar icons. No option to display the add-on bar. I switched to FF because it put fewer limits on me, and adapted to the way I needed to work. Now Mozilla wants to dictate to me, while apparently catering to some ignorant knob who's never used a browser before. (IS there such a person?)

I'd be happy to have any performance or security improvements in FF29, but Mozilla has made it impossible for me to get those without spending many hours of frustrating work to either revise my entire working life to suit their UI whims, or rebuild their idiotic Australis UI back to something like what I've already got. Not a very attractive value proposition.

And even if I do make the transition, it's becoming pretty clear that FF30 will just force me to do it all over again, only with still greater difficulty. You can always tell a developer is all out of ideas, when they start screwing around with the UI and removing options.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Ummm . . . Microsoft?

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The Corrupted One

>Sees article

>Checks Website of Hipster Waterfox speed fork I use to see what's up with those updates

>Sees post from months ago announcing axing auto-updates.

>Using version 18 of 28

>Reconsiders last 6 month's private browsing

Yeah I'm an idiot.

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Cy-Kill

Why not try Cyberfox, they've done x32 & x64 versions, as well as versions for Intel & AMD CPUs:

https://8pecxstudios.com/cyberfox-web-browser

They are still on version 28, but are currently working on version 29:

https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=382

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Eoraptor

As others have said... it looks essentially like they ganked Chrome. (I've been using this since it went beta a while back)

What I would really like is if they would separate the search and uber-bar. I was very happy when I could use them individually to search two services at once, but ever since their behaviors were merged I have been... unhappy. As to the rest of the interface... eh, I don't really care. build 29 is marginally quicker than 28 was, and in the end is that not what matters? as long as my extensions work and I can surf...

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glpeter90

Looks like fing chrome and crashed within 15 seconds. Wow !

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BlazePC

Sticking with version 28;
If I wanted Chrome, I would have installed Chrome!

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Mikey109105

Am I the only one who thinks it looks like they ripped the design off of Google Chrome?

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ram1220

No. I thought the same thing before even reading your comment.

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Gikero

Looks good and I gained a few pixels of screen real estate. ;)