Firefox 3 Places Mockup Mozilla has started to to post some more information regarding how Firefox 3 will adapt itself to the look of multiple operating systems. One of the big changes that Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s User Experience Leader, mentioned in an article was the two different icon sets that will be created for Windows alone. There will be one for Vista and one for XP. Each set will contain 120 different icons, which means they have 240 icons that they need to make for the two different Windows Operating Systems.

An inventory of the necessary icons have already been posted, but none of them have been updated to reflect the changes that are yet to come. As of right now they are looking for a contributor or a contractor that is willing to produce the icons in the time frame that they have. Here’s what they would like to have done at each milestone:

  • 10 icons done in XP and Vista styles as an initial proof-of-concept by the end of the month
  • the most frequently viewed icons delivered as a first draft in time for Beta 2
  • the full set of icons delivered as a second draft in time for Beta 3
  • the ability to make small revisions before the release candidates

The icon inventory site says that the due date for the second milestone (Beta 2?) is in early December, and the third milestone (Beta 3?) isn’t until February 15th! I thought that Firefox 3 would be out by January of next year, but that doesn’t appear to be the case at all.

There are also some lower priority items for Vista that will probably not make it into Firefox 3, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed:

A Windows Vista theme which can be installed by Vista users to include Vista-like widgets and control layouts, tabstrip and other changes for Vista look and feel (to be shipped alongside, not with, Firefox 3)

That almost sounds like a theme utilizing the Aero effects available in Vista, much like what Internet Explorer 7 does. That would be truly awesome if that’s the case.

Beltzner has also begun discussions about the new theme for Linux which has got to be a tough cookie to crack. Think about all of the different Linux distributions available and how many of them look different. It’s probably going to be pretty strenuous to develop something that looks good on them all, and lets not forget that they are also working on a Mac-specific theme. There’s no doubt that they have their hands full.

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  1. How about stop working on themes for the mac and make it usable on the mac.

  2. Wonder how much extra ram usage this is going to add? Anything else they can think of to just bloat it up? Firefox 3 starting to look like the Firefox that finally makes me use something else.

  3. Google wrote:
    How about stop working on themes for the mac and make it usable on the mac.

    Ouch! I haven’t tried it on a Mac so I can’t really say how it is.

    xpgeek wrote:
    Wonder how much extra ram usage this is going to add? Anything else they can think of to just bloat it up? Firefox 3 starting to look like the Firefox that finally makes me use something else.

    I started using the nightly builds of Firefox 3 as my primary browser for the last two weeks, and the performance is surprisingly good. I think they’ve squashed some big memory leaks, and on my heavy days my RAM usage maxes out around 150MB, and Opera is about 190MB. Before I would see Firefox 2 clime upwards of 1GB. So they are actually making strides in the right direction.

  4. Ryan are you referring to Opera 9.24 or Opera 9.5? I’ve been trying the latest Opera 9.5 alpha and it uses much less RAM than Firefox, Opera 9.24 and Maxthon 2. It was listed as one of the main features of the new Opera, but I wasn’t expecting such a drmatic drop in RAM usage. (Btw, Opera 9.50 will be released next Thursday according to the Opera Desktop website)

  5. Cody wrote:
    Ryan are you referring to Opera 9.24 or Opera 9.5? I’ve been trying the latest Opera 9.5 alpha and it uses much less RAM than Firefox, Opera 9.24 and Maxthon 2. It was listed as one of the main features of the new Opera, but I wasn’t expecting such a drmatic drop in RAM usage. (Btw, Opera 9.50 will be released next Thursday according to the Opera Desktop website)

    I’m using Opera 9.5, but my browser usage typically isn’t standard by any means. I visit hundreds of sites everyday because of the nature of our job, obviously. Opera 9.5 is better in terms of memory compared to 9.24, but Firefox 3 actually looks like it is better than Opera now. I’m working on a more detailed comparison of memory usage and such for an article, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks.

    Opera 9.5 BETA is being released on Thursday, not the final version. ;)

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