New Winstripe Theme Replaces Qute as Mozilla Firefox Default
Monday June 14th, 2004
Users who have downloaded the Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Release Candidate or a recent Firefox nightly build will have noticed that the browser now has a new default theme. Created by the Mozilla Visual Identity Team, the new theme replaces the previous default, Qute. The decision to change the default theme was made by the core Firefox developers after licensing disagreements with Qute creator Arvid Axelsson. Qute continues to be available as an standalone theme and can be installed from quadrone.org/graphics.
The new theme is still very much a work in progress. It is based on Pinstripe, the default Firefox theme on Mac OS X, and has been dubbed Winstripe on Windows and Gnomestripe on Linux. Like Qute, the new theme uses the
In much the same way Firefox is the latest in a long line of names, Winstripe/Gnomestripe is the latest in a long line of default themes. The Qute theme became the default in December 2002. Theme changes for Mozilla are nothing new: old timers may remember that the original Modern theme for Mozilla was redesigned in 2000 and later reworked again in 2001.
#7 Not as good in present form
Monday June 14th, 2004 6:41 PM
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I much prefer the Qute theme to the current version of the default. Too bad about disagreements. I support the concept of and work done so far by the visual identity team, so I will remain hopeful that a better default version will emerge. Until then, I'll probably use the Qute theme. Thanks to this article, I was finally able to find it.