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Firefox would inform its user of new add-ons that have been installed from third party software and not from within the browser UI. It is Mozilla’s plan to display an opt-out page to the user so that it is possible to block the installation and execution of the add-on in the browser. Mozilla also wants to make sure that add-ons are always removable in the browser, another long standing issue that is about to get resolved. The development team plans to include protection against unwanted add-on installations from Firefox 8 on.

Those of you who use Skype or anti-virus software know what I mean. Those of you who have Comcast Xfinity probably also know the pain crapware can inflict on your system. Those of you with a hijacked search engine, those with a strange home page, your inability to modify your settings and all those sannoying toolbars? That may be malware, or it may be trusted software you installed taking advantage of your trust and Mozilla’s openness.

Mozilla has also been working on improving their upgrade manager; removing the bloat, making it much simpler and much more efficient. This way, if you have an add-on you forgot you were using or allowed to be installed and never took advantage of, you will be reminded of it when you update your browser and have the option to disable it or remove it completely.
http://www.conceivablytech.com/8696/...apware-add-ons
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/08/04/fir...d-on-security/

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The UI mock-ups shown on these pages were part of a meeting, and were for discussion purposes, and to explore different design directions. Some of them are already out of date.

Mozilla works in the open, and the way to get the latest in UI improvements to Firefox is to download the UX channel build for your OS, which will auto-update every night with various design experiments we're looking at.

Much ♥, Firefox UX Team.

The most notable changes come to the search bar, tabs, and add-ons. The search-specific search box, long a staple of Firefox, finally has been removed. The designs also show that the in-focus tab will get rounded corners.



More importantly than how add-ons land in the interface, the mock-ups also show the ability to search for add-ons without opening a new tab, and the ability to drag-and-drop add-ons directly into the manager. That functionality does currently exist in Firefox, in that you can drag add-ons from your desktop into Firefox to install them, but this would be a fairly big under-the-hood change that would allow the feature to be extended to add-ons that aren't stored locally.



Full-screen Firefox would also get a refresh under the new designs. It would sport a single interface bar that would contain the location bar, Home button, tabs, and menu buttons.
http://people.mozilla.com/~shorlande...sentation.html




If you haven't tried out the new FF7(aurora) or FF8(nightly) give it a spin to try out the 20% overall speed boost in FF8 and memory management in FF7 and beyond.

You can view some of the awesome upcoming changes in the Features/Release Tracking site including the upcoming FF9 overhaul.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 8/7/11 at 4:45pm
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I didn't even know there was a FF7. Good stuff in the horizon indeed.
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I like that Mozilla is doing this. When FF version 1,000 comes out next year it will be amazing! Seriously, with this new numbering scheme in five years we will have to represent the version number using scientific notation.
 
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I like that Mozilla is doing this. When FF version 1,000 comes out next year it will be amazing! Seriously, with this new numbering scheme in five years we will have to represent the version number using scientific notation.
6 week schedule like Chrome. Same numbering system.
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While I like the UI on the second mock-up...I don't want to move on from FF 4.0.1. But I'd like to have the new look. I hope there's an option
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While I like the UI on the second mock-up...I don't want to move on from FF 4.0.1. But I'd like to have the new look. I hope there's an option
Curious why you're still using that version. I can't go back earlier than FF7 personally and use FF8 as my main which is solid as a rock. I can't live without the new speed improvement and memory management.

For now, you can try: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...s-in-titlebar/ and https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...don/australis/ to mimic the UX on Windows.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 8/7/11 at 4:27pm
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I stick with the most stable, and I've found it to be solid Thanks for the links, I'll try them out!
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holycrap when did we get this high in version numbers...i've been outta the loop too long O.o
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That new UI is absolutely beautiful. I think it looks better than Safari or Chrome (my two favorite browser UIs thus far).
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I can't stand the new UI of FF, I prefer the look of 3.6 over the Chrome look. That's why I never could get used to Chrome just seemed too thin, might as well just surf full screen.
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