Topic: Screw Australis.
This will be my place where I rant about Australis. Australis, for anybody who has been living under a rock, is the new UI for Firefox. However, it isn't too good, to say the least. I mean, it looks like Mozilla just wanted to take their mobile interface and apply it to their desktop operating systems. This concept makes no sense on a variety of cases:
1. Small screens. Windows XP, which is still supported, has a minimum requirement of an 800x600 screen. Do you think such a bulky interface will run on a screen this size?
2. Tech junkies (like me!). Just to be informative, my Firefox is set up like this: Tabs on bottom, small icons, and an extension called TinyMenu. What this does is allow me to have the full menu, instead of the Firefox button. This is on the Menu bar. I then can relocate all of the buttons on the navigation bar to the menu bar, and save some space. With Australis, I can't relocate tabs to the bottom, or use small icons so this system's useless. Also, the add-on bar cannot be used, and customization as a whole is severely limited.
3 . Third tier ports. For those who don't know, a third-tier port is one that is created by somebody who is not Mozilla, like TenFourFox. This change throws a wrench in the engine of any of these ports, as they may not have the resources to incorporate such a large upgrade.
Once March comes around, I recommend either changing to the Pale Moon browser at http://www.palemoon.org/ if you're on Windows, or the SeaMonkey browser at http://www.seamonkey-project.org/ if you're on something else.
EDIT: If you MUST use Firefox, you can get an extension that takes out most of the changes here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo … erestorer/ which takes out most of the changes that Australis brings.