On Firefox 2.0

Firefox is my main browser for over a year now, but I have second thoughts on Firefox 2.0-RC2.

1. The “close tab” widget is now at the right side of each tab rather than the right side of the tab-bar. While it makes more usability sense this way in terms of newbie users, it is a hell to use because you need to move your mouse all the time as the tabs are resizing each time you close/open a new tab. It just kills my wrist. For some reason Safari just doesn’t seem as bad as Firefox 2.0 because it doesn’t resize its tabs as much, or something. Additionally, the currently focused tab is NOT easily distinguishable compared to the other open tabs (too similar-color problem) and many times I have to spend extra brain power to look which is the tab that I need to find and close. At least there should be an option to choose if we want the old way or the new way of closing tabs, cause right now, as an old-timer I feel screwed.
2. No way to remove the “GO” button from the URL widget. The search widget also consumes more real screen estate now.
3. Discoverability issue with the “Clear History” button. Bug report here.
4. RC2 fails to load some of the tabs when you open many tabs at once. It just reports that the network was down, while it wasn’t. Firefox 1.7.x didn’t have this problem.

I guess that #4 is just part of the beta process so I am not worried, but points #1, #2 and #3 are there by design and they really bug me like hell (especially #1). I will be taking a look at IE7.

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Andrew wrote on October 10th, 2006 at 9:44 AM PST:

1.) I love #1 as much as I love Ctrl+W. I hated how previous versions didn’t have this.
2.) The first annoying thing I noticed about it. I hate that stupid button.
3.) Agreed.
4.) Never experienced.

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Eugenia wrote on October 10th, 2006 at 10:00 AM PST:

(Andrew’s 1.) I am a mouse person. I don’t really use many shortcuts (at least not on a PC).

Adam wrote on October 10th, 2006 at 10:02 AM PST:

1. Firefox developers have chosen to ignore and intentionally override XML stylesheets on RSS feeds. Link

2. The default icon theme sucks.

3. The implementation of “close tab” stinks. I have close buttons on my tabs in Camino, they rock. I have tried the FF2 RCs, and it just doesn’t feel right.

4. Why is this 2.0? What are the major changes other than a rendering engine upgrade? Looks like we won’t see any real innovation until Places in 3.0.

I love Firefox/Win, but it constantly chews up memory and is regualrly 400MB+ at the end of the workday. Camino is FF/Mac done right, looks gorgeous, and sits comfortably with 10 tabs at 100MB.

In short: I’ve been a Firefox user since at least early 2002 (check my comments on OSNews, it was called Phoenix then), but increasingly, Camino proves that Gecko can be a better browser than Firefox.

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Eugenia wrote on October 10th, 2006 at 10:06 AM PST:

(Adam’s 1.) Actually I wouldn’t mind this if at least they used a usable design for their default RSS stylesheet. Look at this for example, it’s very difficult to find out where an item starts and where it ends. They should have lightly color differently every other item.

(Adam’s 4.) This is a developer’s world. A big change for them supposedly is a big change for the user too. ;-)

Fabricio Zuardi wrote on October 11th, 2006 at 10:02 AM PST:

To get the right close button back, change this preference on about:config

browser.tabs.closeButton = 3

papo wrote on October 13th, 2006 at 8:09 AM PST:

Ela eugenia!

I was wondering if it was only me that NEEDS that close button on the right side of the tab! Come on firefox guys, it was a very handy feature , put the button BACK

Xairetismous apo ellada!

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