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November 8, 2013

Firefox or Chrome, what’s the difference?

9 years ago

Lifehacker has an article Which is Better: Chrome or Firefox?  It’s funny because my kid  asked a similar question two days ago.

What’s the difference between Firefox and Chrome? And this is more or less what I told him:

The way the Web and browsers work is you can choose any web browser you want. With the Web, you choose what application you want to make web pages with and choose whatever you want to view it, that’s just how it works or supposed to work. Great right?

Browsers consist of the backend, frontend, and services. Firefox is based on Gecko, Chrome is based on Webkit, same with Safari, and other browsers have different browser engines. The different browser engines have different components to parse through the HTML, images, JavaScript, etc and they build the Web page. Some browser engines render pages faster than others, some do it more “correctly” to the Web standards, and others have experimental features. That’s why I like using the Nightly builds of Firefox, and I’ve been using Nightlies since 2001 so neither Firefox nor Chrome for me.

Next part is the front end and that’s all the features and look and feel that help you browse the web. Some of these features are like tabbed browsing, or bookmarks, a download manager, or add-ons. So if you think the browser backends are more or less equal, you can choose from how the browser looks and what features you might like better.

Finally, these browsers integrate different services. Chrome integrates a lot of Google services and some people like that so they choose Google (if it’s actually a choice and not shoved down their throats some other way). Firefox doesn’t have as many services tied into the browser as Google which can be either good or bad depending on what you like. Firefox is more feel good and more about the Web where Google is more of a Google-centric view of the Web.

For what it’s worth, I worked on Firefox (and shipped 9 years ago tomorrow) but feel free to choose what you want.

 



August 25, 2009

New Thunderbird Icon: Iteration 7

Note: this is a draft icon rendering for the Thunderbird 3 icon.

Keep the feedback coming in, they’ve been extremely helpful and we’re doing our best to incorporate your suggestions.

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Please click on the image to see the large file.  In this version we have the different sizes.  The majority of people will view Thunderbird on a daily basis with the smaller sized icons.  The larger icons will be displayed more on the web site, posters, and other promotional items like t-shirts.

Changes in this version:

  • Uppermost right wing feathers are rounded to match the other side.
  • Second row of feathers on the left wing slightly pointed.

Based on feedback, we’re choosing the white envelope with no seal.

Background Information

Please provide feedback via the comments section through these blog posts.



July 29, 2009

New Thunderbird Icon: Iterations 4 – 6

Note: this is a draft icon rendering for the Thunderbird 3 icon, subsequent iterations will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Keep the feedback coming in, they’ve been extremely helpful and we’re doing our best to incorporate your suggestions.

Iteration 6. 20090729

Thunderbird3icon-i6

Changes in this version:

  • A third row of small feathers.  Small feathers are less defined, less bright.  No seal.  Slightly whiter envelope.

Iteration 5. 20090729

Thunderbird3icon-i5

Changes in this version:

  • Fewer feathers.  No seal.  Slightly whiter envelope.

Iteration 4. 20090729

Thunderbird3icon-i4

Changes in this version:

  • Logo with seal and example of small version of logo w/ seal.
  • Lots of feathers.

Background Information

Please provide feedback via the comments section through these blog posts.



July 15, 2009

New Thunderbird Icon: Iteration 3

Note: this is a draft icon rendering for the Thunderbird 3 icon, subsequent iterations will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Iteration 3. 20090715

Thunderbird3icon-i3

The icon is being rendered by Anthony Piraino at the Iconfactory.

Changes in this iteration:

  • removed seal from previous iterations;
  • added detail to the envelope;
  • feathers shaped to be slightly more accurate

Current Icon

Thunderbird

Background Information

Please provide feedback via the comments section through these blog posts.



July 8, 2009

New Thunderbird Icon: Iteration 2

Note: this is a draft icon rendering for the Thunderbird 3 icon, subsequent iterations will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Iteration 2. 20090708

Thunderbird3icon-i2

The icon is being rendered by Anthony Piraino at the Iconfactory.

Changes in this iteration:

  • rounder/smoother shape for the circle;
  • modified the seal/”@” but this detail will be removed in the next iteration;
  • warmed up the envelope color, corrected the “v” shape on the envelope;
  • added more detail to the feathers;
  • updated bottom shadow

Current Icon

Thunderbird

Background Information

Please provide feedback via the comments section through these blog posts.



July 6, 2009

New Thunderbird Icon: Iteration 1

Note: this is a draft icon rendering for the Thunderbird 3 icon, subsequent iterations will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Iteration 1. 20090706

Thunderbird3icon-i1

The icon is being rendered by Anthony Piraino at the Iconfactory.

Current Icon

Thunderbird

Background Information

Please provide feedback via the comments section through these blog posts.



June 25, 2009

Refreshing the Thunderbird Icon

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But what about Thunderbird icon? Will it be updated too? Please! :)

Short answer, yes.  You didn’t even need to say “pretty please”.

We’re beginning the work to update the Thunderbird icon.  We really like how the Firefox icon turned out, and we’ll be working with the folks at Icon Factory so we can be consistent.

I’ve been impressed with how Alex Faaborg has led the charge with the Firefox Icon refresh, his vision, and his ability to communicate and work with everybody.  We’re working with Alex as well, he’s got a great eye, and we’re lucky.

The Process

As I understand, it’s going to be fast and furious in terms of the design and feedback loop the next couple weeks.  I’ll be posting a final creative brief before we get started, and happy to take feedback on it now.  I’ll be posting the iterations and calling for feedback as soon as I get them.

It would be great if all feedback can be done as comments to these blog posts as opposed to direct emails to me.



February 26, 2009

the new MozillaMessaging.com

mozilla-messaging

The new design at www.mozillamessaging.com

First, go ahead and download Thunderbird 3 Beta 2 and check it out.

The Redesign

We started the redesign process last year with the following goals:

  • Make it easy for users to download Thunderbird
  • Make it easy for users to learn about Thunderbird and Mozilla Messaging
  • Provide Mozilla Messaging with it’s own visual identity while maintaining the “mozilla” feel

We worked with Steven at silverorange and the team at The Royal Order — absolutely great fun to work with them.

We hope users and contributors will have a sense of familiarity with the site and also enjoy some of the imagery and illustrations. One of my favorites is the “totem pole”.  Totem poles can be found in Vancouver (where we have an office) and we wanted to see a different design treatment for Thunderbird.  I think it worked out well (the rocket ship and the cruise boat are fun too).

What’s Next

We have localization, more content to add, and we’re always looking to make improvements to make it easier for users to download Thunderbird.  We’ll be gearing the site for the final Thunderbird 3 release so we have lots more coming.



September 23, 2008

mozillamessaging.com update

Tags: mozilla.org — 8:10 am Comments (0)

We are updating the MozillaMessaging.com web site and teaming up with our friends The Royal Order and silverorange.  We are updating the web site to get the majority if not all end-user facing Thunderbird related pages onto MozillaMessaging.com.  Right now, these pages are on mozilla.org and mozilla.com.

Here is the site map [pdf], it’s in its third revision and we would like feedback from you by Thursday.  Send me email at rebron@gmail.com or comment in the post.

Notes:

  • support pod will be under mozillamessaging.com, urls tbd
  • under additional pages will be start page and what’s new page

We’re starting the decision process next week, Sept 29 and will wrap up by October 17.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Separately, we are working on SpreadThunderbird.com.  We meet up every Thursday and we’ll be hanging out at #marketing.  Come join us.



September 1, 2008

Thunderbird start pages *draft*

Tags: mozilla.org — 12:16 pm Comments (1)

*in progress/working*  These pages and thoughts are not final.

Thunderbird 2 page is here:

Shredder nightlies page will live here:

  • http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/shredder/start/

Thunderbird 3.0 beta page is here:

Thunderbird 3.0 Start page will live here:

Default Start Page:

  • http://live.mozillamessaging.com/%APP%/start?locale=%LOCALE%version=%VERSION%&os=%OS%&buildid=%APPBUILDID%

Welcome URL (aka first run):

  • http://live.mozillamessaging.com/%APP%/firstrun?locale=%LOCALE%version=%VERSION%&os=%OS%&buildid=%APPBUILDID%

Override URL (aka whats new):

  • http://live.mozillamessaging.com/%APP%/whatsnew?locale=%LOCALE%version=%VERSION%&os=%OS%&buildid=%APPBUILDID%

Bugs: 451238, 451247, (451236, 433630, 430762)



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