[linux-elitists] Yet another mozilla atrocity
J. Paul Reed
Mon Sep 29 02:47:04 PDT 2003
On 28 Sep 2003 at 16:56:25, Aaron Lehmann arranged the bits on my disk to say:
> I've had many disputes with the mozilla team over the years. The foremost
> and most obvious one is over the use of XUL, which is a pile of shit.
And what would *you* have done?
I'm willing to bet you're going to give an incomplete answer to that
question, mainly because the question that is implied by asking such a
question is "What were the requirements?"
Do you even know what the requirements were?
> Instead of migrating to an interface that wasn't based on XML and
*Actually*, that wasn't really the idea at all. Part of the reason Phoenix
(it's called Firebird now, actually) is faster is because it pulls some of
the rendering back into GTK-land.
> A good example of this is the Preferences dialog, which lacked many
> important option. When I talked to developers about this, they stated
> that they didn't intend to add many of them.
Do an "about:config" and you'll suddenly realize why they didn't put in
little slider bars, checkboxes and input fields for each configurable
And actually, you can edit those preferences directly via about:config so
you don't have to get your hands dirty with vi (or emacs), and it will even
save them in prefs.js for you.
> The de-facto example was favicon.ico support. It was enabled by default
> because "everybody wants it, right?" IIRC for a long time it wasn't even
> possible to disable it through the configuration file. It might be
> possible now, but I'm not sure offhand because I don't use
Turn browser.chrome.favicons and browser.chrome.site_icons to 'off.'
> I remember when they imported a feature that made it zoom images to the
> full browser window when viewing them. Does this remind anyone of IE?
> Anyway, they turned it on by default and made it difficult or impossible
> to turn off.
browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing = false.
And the option in Mozilla (which has UI for it, since you were bitching
about preferences not having UI) is in
Edit->Preferences->Browser->Appearance; check the 'Enable automatic image
resizing' box as necessary.
> like "smooth scrolling" and countless others I haven't had the
> displeasure of using.
general.smoothScroll -> false.
> Oh, and also the sidebar. Fuck that. It's yet another stupid feature
> stolen from IE that I prefer not to use but activate by accident all the
> time. I don't know of a way to turn it off.
In Mozilla, View -> Show/hide -> Sidebar
In Firebird, it's hidden by default, and requires a couple of menubar
clicks to be displayed.
> This brings me to the latest problem. I was unable to access a service
> that was running on a nonstandard port. I got a useless message saying
> "this port has been blocked for security reasons". It turns out that
> this is considered a feature, for no reason that I can understand. It
> is described at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/netlib/PortBanning.html.
What you failed to mention was that this was to address a security issue
published by CERT. You also failed to mention bug 85601, which is "User
interface to allow connections to blocked ports." You can also read a
discussion of the pros and cons of various implementations of this feature
All in all, it sounds to me like you're bitching without having done *any*
research on how to fix your problems, every single one of which, I might
add, looks to be easily remedied.
If spending 15 minutes with Google or on IRC and editing a text-based
configuration file is too "elitist" for you, might I suggest another
audience to bitch to?
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