Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Themes

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Tips & Tweaks

Some folks (such as Paul Thurrott) are not that thrilled with the new theme for Firefox 2. Personally, I like the new look as it is bold, yet simple and refreshing. But for those of you who would rather keep the familiar Firefox 1.5 theme, I have bad news, Mozilla no longer provides that theme for Firefox 2. But, thanks to Ryan at CyberNet News you can find a link to the old Firefox 1.5 theme in his article >> Don’t Forget: The Firefox 1.x Theme Is Always Available.

If you are wanting to check out some other themes for Firefox 2, be sure to visit Firefox Add-Ons: Themes. Warning: If you have not been to this site in a while, be prepared for a big design change!

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Firefox 2 Is A Dud?!

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 by El Guru in Blogs, CyberNet, Links

Note: Once again to prove I am not bias about Firefox 2.0, here is another (but not so great) review.

I sure don’t think so but apparently, Paul Thurrott, author of Windows SuperSite does. Found a link to his mini review: Mozilla Ships Firefox 2.0 … It’s a Dud at WindowsITPro via CyberNet News.

Today, Mozilla will officially unveil Firefox 2.0, the latest version of its Web browser and, increasingly, a credible challenger to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Unfortunately, some of Firefox’s more trend-setting features have been delayed to a later release, and the new release suffers as a result. What’s left is pretty unimpressive.

Firefox 2.0 is free, but it’s a woefully minor improvement over Firefox 1.5 that suffers from various incompatibility problems, especially with themes and other add-ons. I wouldn’t recommend this new version, to be honest. I’ll be sticking with Firefox 1.5 at least for now. I recommend you do the same, or switch to the surprisingly solid IE 7.0.

I am bit shocked by that last paragraph and I am beginning to wonder how much Paul really used Firefox 2. He claims he has used Firefox from it early days when it was known by the code name ‘Phoenix’. But still, his “review” reminds me of that of a film critic, who bases their entire review on the first twenty minutes of the movie.

Incompatibility issues are far less this time around compared to those we all experienced when went from 1.0.7 to 1.5 last December. For the most part extensions and themes incompatibility have not been too bad as the developers have learned from the past and pushed out their new releases when the RC came through.

Firefox 2 may not be perfect, but the biggest changes/enhancements you don’t see are those which are “under the hood”, such as fixing the memory leak issues that had plagued the 1.5 builds in the past. Perhaps Paul is bitter about not having ‘places’ in this release, but still there are many other new features which make this a far improvement over Firefox 1.5…

  • Inline Spell Check
  • Add-ons manager
  • Undo Closed Tab
  • Search Engine Modifications
  • The new theme (which he hates)
  • Session Restore
  • Close tab buttons

So there you have it folks, a not so great review of Firefox 2! If you want more upbeat review be sure to check out Firefox 2 Review about the Firefox 2 review done by Mozilla Link’s Percy Cabello.

Fx 2.0 Tweaks Guide

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Tips & Tweaks

Now that Firefox 2 has been released I thought it would be nice if all the tweaks I have written about in the past couple months (and beyond) were in one easy place. So listed belows are links to all my Firefox 2 Tweaks entries as well as a link to CyberNet News for a tweak I did not cover. From time to time I will update this list as more tweaks are added. This list was last updated on 01/01/08.