Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/176024/australis-ui-has-officially-landed-in-the-firefox-nightly-channel/
Mozilla has been hard at work on the new Australis UI for Firefox this year, steadily tweaking and improving it in preparation to land in the Nightly Build Channel. For those of you who have been eager to get your hands on the new UI, now you can finally indulge in all the Australis goodness with the latest Firefox 28 Nightly Builds.
Here is my copy set up as a portable with just a few quick UI rearrangements of toolbar buttons... ^_^
The focused tab feature is awesome. ^_^
Over at gHacks.net, Martin Brinkmann has been posting regularly about the impending release of the Australis build, along with the many changes which will appear in the new GUI.
For those long-time users of Firefox (such as myself) who have taken the time to configure Firefox to suit our personal preferences, this news can be somewhat disconcerting.
Today on gHack, Brinkmann has posted an article titled, "How to restore Firefox’s classic theme after the Australis interface update" - which presents a new add-on that will allow users to essentially "undo" many of the GUI interface changes in Australis.
He explains the add-on in detail, with graphics displaying a "Before and After" example.
For those who may be interested, you can read the article here:
I feel sorry for people that heavily modify the software they use. Seems like at least once a year I hear a bunch of people whining about a major update to software X that will disrupt their finely-tuned workflow or somesuch.
Seems like there should be a way around an update like that, that does heavy mods that people like @Straspey do not want. Maybe when the update comes out there should be a second update, that if you choose not to use the major mod, you could choose the lesser mod and then the major mod is blocked unless you decide later you want it.
A previous instance of this occurred when Mozilla moved from Firefox 3.6 to 4.0
There was a major outcry from a large portion of the Firefox community due to significant changes made to the browser at that time -- and, in fact, some people never made the switch and are still using FF 3.6 to this day.
OTOH - Notice how, within weeks of the release of Windows 8, there was a rash of attempts to revert and restore certain elements of Windows which had been changed, hidden, or completely eliminated - and how the release of Classic Shell was greeted with joy by many.
I will be upgrading to FF 25.01 today - and when the release of Australis moves out of beta, I will upgrade to that as well -- however, chances are that I will also take a look at the add-ons which will allow me to configure the GUI to my liking.
There's always something, somewhere, someone wants something else done differently. or not done, or undone or redone, or just done, again and again and again...
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