So I finally sorted out installing Firefox 2 on my computer. And very nice it is too, it seems to run a little faster and more smoothly, and there’s some nice features, such as remembering past session states after a crash or restart – although I can see this leading to all kinds of embarrassing or downright awful situations – think of all the people who are going to suddenly start up without remembering the last session they were browsing with, you know the 25+ tabs of exotic ostrich porn they were looking at the previous night, when firing up Firefox in front of their partner/mother/boss. Expect a comedy bug report to be filed in the next few days.
Oh, and the RSS integration with Bloglines/Google Reader is an absolute godsend, and works like a charm. And the spell checker is a lovely idea, automatically highlighting what it thinks are errors in any text area with a dotted red underline. I don’t seem to have had the problems with wrong versions of English as doctorvee has had, as I picked the UK English dictionary to use. However, I did notice one glaring omission when trying to spell check this very blog post:
Yes, that’s right. The UK English dictionary for Firefox doesn’t, er, have the word “Firefox” in it.
Now the bad news. The new theme is ass-ugly – having gradient fills in the UI is a really bad idea, the glossy icons look too Microsofty and afunctional, and there are too many engraved lines all over the place, it makes for a very crowded look. I’ve downgraded the theme to the old Firefox 1.5 one which is IMHO a much nicer and simpler one. Oh, and the exit buttons on every tab – how annoying. They clutter up the tab bar and mean accidental tab-closing is much more likely. And as I’m a laptop person I use Ctrl-W much more. Luckily, there’s a solution at hand. First go to
about:config and you can:
…revert to the Firefox 1.5 behavior by changing the browser.tabs.closeButtons value to 3. This will not display close tabs on individual tabs, and turn on a single close tab button at the right end of the tab bar.
From a very useful set of hints & tips from Lifehacker.
Anyway, overall, thumbs up overall – it’s a really nice piece of work, and what issues it has are easily fixed. With Microsoft’s IE7 out recently as well it’s good to see Firefox (mostly) keeping one step ahead of the competition. Oh, speaking of which… Hahahahaha (via Tom)