Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

Making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

As Firefox 1.5 is now here, I would like to say that I’m still very much interested in making Firefox fit in with the Linux desktop as I did with the Industrial theme for 1.0.x (which does not work with 1.5). However, a few things should be noted.

  1. First of all, I unfortunately do not have the time to currently work on Firefox beautification. I may have a little bit of time in a few weeks, but I also might not, depending on how things go. (Right now I’m working on some really cool stuff at work that you’ll see sometime in the future.)
  2. I’ve heard through some grapevine somewhere that there’s a patch for firefox to enable gtk-stock icon support for the default theme (and I believe it was done by someone at Red Hat, iirc). If this is true, then that’s half the battle to fitting in.*
  3. I really believe native looking changes should go upstream. This includes all of the little spacing / padding tweaks, the correct order of buttons, and making sure that all native widgets are fully represented in their XUL counterparts.

*Note: For KDE users, if an icon theme is ported to use the standard icon naming spec that Tango recommends, then it’ll inherit the same icon theme that the rest of the desktop would use too. For native looking widgets, there is GTK-QT. Of course there is Firefox ported to Qt as well.

If Firefox had native icon support and the tweaks mentioned above for the default theme, then it should just inherit the look of the desktop by default.


Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Almost fifty million!

(Firefox has been downloaded quite a bit.)

Google MBTA

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

First Chicago’s Transit Authority. Now it’s T time for Google Maps, thanks to Firefox and Greasemonkey.

Everyone in the Boston area using Firefox (with Greasemonkey installed) will love this. (:

Update: Lots of info has been released, along with a call to improve the service.

Getting Firefox to mimic Opera, IE, Safari, a GNOME application

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

First there was the project to get Firefox to be a total drop-in lookalike for Internet explorer, and now there’s FirefoxOpera, a project that makes Firefox look and almost like Opera.

Also of note: Safari-Look for Firefox coupled with Fusion
(for the progress bar in the URL area), Firefoxy (for nicer form wigets), and Metallifizer for the window border elements makes Firefox resemble Safari a good bit.

Of course, there’s always Industrial for Firefox which makes Firefox look and feel like a GNOME application. (A theme by yours truly — and I even talk about it on from time to time…)

All of this goes to show how flexible Mozilla Firefox can be.

Industrial theme ver. 1.0.11 for Firefox

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

I’ve addressed several requests; modified icons, and fixed the right-mouse-button click on download dialog crash in the most recent version of the Industrial theme for Firefox. Enjoy!

Update: I have fixed the install.rdf within the theme so that it states the correct version. Sorry about that! (:

Firefox in the New York Times!

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Today’s the day that the Firefox ad is in the New York Times.

It’s great to see the ad finally — and it even seems (at least according to the PDF so far) they even spelled my name correctly. (:

New Industrial Firefox theme version: Priority text and other nice little things

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

I spent a little while this past evening working on a revision of the Industrial Firefox theme.

The quick list of little changes:
* Priority text for the back icon (as talked about earlier) – this only takes effect if the widgets are in icon-only mode and also set to the small size
* Better padding for the back and forward widgets
* Margin fixing for the toolbar search box – this fixes a too-large bar for both the toolbar and the menu if the search entry is placed in either
* Gnome looking “X” on tabs, if you happen to have TabX installed.

You can grab the latest Industrial (version 1.0.9) from the usual location.

Please note that recent versions of the Industrial Firefox theme require at least Firefox 1.0 to function properly.

By-the-way: If you are using TabX and want to make the default “X” go away, add .tabs-closebutton-box {display: none !important;} to your userChrome.css file (which can be easily edited through the chromEdit extension).