Mozilla Radically Revamps Firefox Browser

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    Apr 30, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    Mozilla's new Firefox update completely refreshes the look of the popular browser, with a focus on letting users customize their experiences.

    Mozilla announced Firefox 29, its biggest revamp since late 2011, in a blog post and video posted Tuesday.

    Firefox 29 is decidedly more sleek than its predecessor, with a new look similar to Google Chrome. Like Chrome, Firefox now includes larger, rounded browsing tabs and a three-bar "hamburger" menu in the right corner.

    That menu is where the "customization mode" option kicks in: Users can drag and drop their favorite features, tools and browser add-ons to the menu or to the toolbar.


    http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/mozilla-radically-revamps-firefox-browser-n92681
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:43 AM GMT
    Off topic a bit, but I heard they replaced their anti-gay CEO.
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:44 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidOff topic a bit, but I heard they replaced their anti-gay CEO.

    Yes, they did. Officially it was a resignation, but a guy wouldn't resign being a CEO right after being selected if the Board didn't tell him to get lost.
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    I used Firefox for years but switched to Chrome a couple years ago. Thought about going back to Firefox because Chrome seems a bit sluggish at times. I just hate switching browsers after I get everything set up the way I like it.
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:55 AM GMT
    For folks who want to make FF29 look more like it used to:

    http://www.ghacks.net/2014/04/26/turn-new-firefox-29-old-firefox/
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    Apr 30, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    I really wish this was a complete overhaul. FF desperately needs multi-threaded tabs. And better memory management.
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    Apr 30, 2014 2:55 AM GMT
    Firefox version 29 stalls/pauses often on Windows 8.1 (for me). Does anyone using the same OS experience the same?
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    Apr 30, 2014 3:01 AM GMT
    I'm not sure I want to upgrade just yet. The bookmarks sidebar is super useful to me. Looks like they removed it and I'll need an extension to bring it back. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 30, 2014 7:08 AM GMT
    TabMixPlus doesn't quite work with the new firefox; looks sort of wonky but otherwise seems properly functional. I'm going to turn it off and see if I can survive without it.

    I'm annoyed that they still don't have scrolling working nicely with the up and down arrow keys like chrome does. That's the only thing I miss from chrome. When you use the arrow keys firefox scrolls by the text, so it jumps around when a page uses tables or divs. Whereas chrome treats the page like it's a monolithic image and scrolls nicely.
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    Apr 30, 2014 7:12 AM GMT
    What happened to firefox hates gay people? Wtf
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    i was thinking of trying out the PirateBrowser

    [urlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PirateBrowser[/url]
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    Apr 30, 2014 1:59 PM GMT
    Snaz saidWhat happened to firefox hates gay people? Wtf

    Their controversial CEO left the company, which itself was never homophobic. In fact, it was dissension within the company "ranks" that helped to force their newly-elected CEO out. The prospect of losing programmers and other key people, the "brains" that make a software enterprise function, apparently influenced the decision.
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    Apr 30, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI used Firefox for years but switched to Chrome a couple years ago. Thought about going back to Firefox because Chrome seems a bit sluggish at times. I just hate switching browsers after I get everything set up the way I like it.


    that's one of the reasons i stick with Chrome. It remembers EVERYTHING in the cloud so if I get a new computer or have to reinstall my OS it just re-imports my old settings, links, browser history, etc. and its like I never left.
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    Apr 30, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    pellaz saidi was thinking of trying out the PirateBrowser

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PirateBrowser

    Sounds like just the ticket for RJ sock accounts.
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    Apr 30, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidI used Firefox for years but switched to Chrome a couple years ago. Thought about going back to Firefox because Chrome seems a bit sluggish at times. I just hate switching browsers after I get everything set up the way I like it.

    that's one of the reasons i stick with Chrome. It remembers EVERYTHING in the cloud so if I get a new computer or have to reinstall my OS it just re-imports my old settings, links, browser history, etc. and its like I never left.

    That's very true. But the problem for me is that that advantage is something that I use occasionally while chrome's slowness and its other problems affect me every day.
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    May 04, 2014 8:24 AM GMT
    I might upgrade after all. The booksmarks sidebar is still there. I upgraded FF in my Linux VM and it actually seems a bit faster.

    LOL. So no one actually goes into the settings in Firefox? Because there's a Sync feature that remembers your bookmarks, history, extensions, etc. And it syncs across all of your computers.

    I have to admit it's a pain in the ass to setup, compared to Chrome. But apparently, they revised the Sync feature in this recent FF29 to make it easier. I'll have to try it.

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    May 04, 2014 9:19 AM GMT
    I use the FF sync feature. It's rather opaque and unintuitive in my opinion so I also use xmarks which has a web interface where you can look at your saved bookmarks, and click on them.
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    May 04, 2014 9:14 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI use the FF sync feature. It's rather opaque and unintuitive in my opinion so I also use xmarks which has a web interface where you can look at your saved bookmarks, and click on them.

    For a while I was using Delicious to save my bookmarks. Mostly articles to save for reference. But after Yahoo bought it and then sold it, I've used it less.

    Supposedly Google is coming out with some type of bookmark manager. It's going to be a cross between Pinterest and Delicious. Should be interesting.

    Anyways, I upgraded my FF last night. Wow. It's much faster. Pages load very quickly now. And I can browse Tumblr pages without much lag.
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    May 04, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    Good job.

    For arrow key scrolling I'm now using Yet Another Smooth Scrolling. The other one I'd been using wasn't quite as nice as this is.

    I use a track ball but haven't found one that has scrolling and that is comfortable, which is why arrow key scrolling is an issue for me.