Approaching One Tree Hill

Album Cover: The Downward Spiral

"Everything's blue in this world...the deepest shade of mushroom blue."
NIN / The Downward Spiral

Posted on June 09, 2004 11:10 PM in Browsers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

Since a majority of my site's visitors are Firefox users, there's a good chance that you've already heard about the new Firefox release candidate that was released earlier today. You've probably already heard about the new default "Winstripe" theme on Windows as well. However, in case you're one of the few who haven't, be sure to check out the links I've provided to find out more.

My main reason for blogging tonight is that I'm excited about the upcoming release of "One Tree Hill" (code name for Firefox 0.9). I'm not so excited, though, that I want to download a release candidate before a final release is made available. I'd rather rest assured knowing I'm using the final bits after all the blocking bugs have been fixed. Plus, I'm a little apprehensive about seeing the new Winstripe theme before it is completely shipable. However, after reading through Neil Turner's excellent tour of Firefox 0.9, I feel like I've already gotten a good taste of what the new theme has to offer. While I wasn't overly impressed with the icon set when I first saw it, it does look a lot better in the overall context of the browser. It's still no Qute, but it's not that bad. Plus, I read online today that, according to Kevin Gerich (one of the Winstripe creators):

The new theme, dubbed "Winstripe" by Ben Goodger, is barely a first draft. I wouldn't have chosen to release the theme in its current state, but Ben and crew wanted to replace Qute for 0.9 and start working on a unified identity across platforms.

Let's hope that the final draft ends up being a lot closer to Qute quality (or better). All in all, theme changes or not, it's yet again an exciting time for Firefox users.

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