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Firefox 1.0 has been released in 17 languages and on 5 platforms. But you—and 1,000,000 others—already knew that. That's right, folks: at least one million downloads of Firefox 1.0 on launch day.
Today I installed Firefox/Thunderbird.
The very good news is that, best I can tell, every single one of my customizations was carried over. No need to do any configuring, period :)
The bad news is that, so far, it seems very similar to Netscape. No feeling that I have a shiny new toy :(
First step: Install the Phoenity theme. (This will give you a nice fresh look for while you do the other customizations.)
Second, follow the instructions in this thread [webmasterworld.com]. Note that some settings have changed; you'll have to create the nglayout.initialpaint.delay setting yourself.
Third, install the Single Window and All In One Gestures extensions.
Fourth, look around and tweak the settings. Install whatever other extensions sound interesting. Personally I like Scrapbook, GrepSidebar, EZ-Sidebar, Sage, Compact Menu, Google PageRank Status, Flat Bookmark Editing, Related Sidebar, Outliner, Ook, MiniT, and SessionSaver, to name a few. Not all of these are available at Mozilla Update, so try www.extensionsmirror.nl if you need to.
Fifth, start looking around for tips on how to use your userChrome.css and user.js files.
After all this, your FireFox should be decidedly your own, and will almost certainly have new appeal! ;)
"Take back the web
I'm thinking this has some steam.
Also, the W3Schools site has some pretty interesting statistics on browser use.
They have Mozilla related browsers going from 8.2% in January to 17.7% in November (partial stats for November). The gain looks like it's come right off of IE, as Opera stats have remained flat.
W3Schools Browser Stats [w3schools.com]