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Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Release Candidate Available

Wednesday June 9th, 2004

Ben Goodger writes: "A testing candidate of Mozilla Firefox 0.9 is now available from mozilla.org. There are a couple more bugs we'd like to fix for the 0.9 release but want to get as much feedback on the app in general before we go out. Please download this build and test with it and report any show stopping bugs that you find. We are still looking to do a 0.9 final sometime Monday." Builds can be found on the FTP site.


#147 constructive criticism

by jilles

Thursday June 10th, 2004 1:04 PM

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When I heard it was bad (the dominating opinion on all of the forums I saw) I decided to hold off until I had seen the new theme myself. Ben Goodger asked for constructive criticism so here is some:

I don't like the new theme and here's why: the icons don't have anything in common except that they have nothing in common. Some of them are quite nice individually but the overall look is inconsistent. They all have different colors, some are plain and bright (e.g. the butt ugly green back button) and others look like an almost good Arvid rip off (e.g. the history button). But the latter is too detailed and fussy to be a real Arvid. Then there's the go button: smaller and a little more annoying green than the back button.

I'm glad the download window is no longer giving us the finger but does it really have to be that dull?

I'm one of the many who actually liked the old theme (one of the best themes I saw, ever). I don't see how this theme is going to get better aside from redesigning all icons. It's just that bad. Even compared to some of the third party themes it is quite amateurish. I'm very sorry the old theme was dumped over political issues and I strongly urge the mozilla developers to reconsider. Quality should be the deciding factory here and this lacks quality. Ben Goodger talks about leadership and design by committee on his blog. Well I ask the the comittee to show some leadership here. Being a good leader also means admitting when you are wrong and takes a lot of bad taste to claim this theme is somehow better than the old one.

On a positive note, this will make for a good stress test of the theme management UI :-).