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for those that don't know Firefox 2 is out... go get it.

o and it has spell check thumup:
 

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I'm simply too used to the look of 1.x. I won't upgrade for a while as I see no reason to. If someone makes a "classic" (as in the theme from 1.0 and 1.5) theme that might sway me.
 

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There's really not much of a difference externally. Different skin/theme, individual 'X' buttons for each tab, maybe a few new features to replace some of the old plug-ins. Internally I believe it's supposed to be a lot more secure, which is impressive seeing as how the original Firefox was very safe.

-Jin
 

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Yeah...that was kind of my thoughts. I both like and dislike how they have put the X's in each tab. I like it because that's how Gaim and many programs with tabs I use work, I dislike it because I'm so used to firefox being different that I've found myself being confused (I tested it out, but for now I'm sticking with 1.5.0.7). I think the spell check while you type is a GREAT feature, but at the same time I've had extensions that do pretty much the same thing for well over a year now. I think the only other difference is that it forces external links to open new tags rather than windows. This isn't a big deal to me since you can do the same thing in 1.5 with one different box checked.

Like I said, I might update if someone makes a "classic" theme for it. I'm stubborn and I like how 1.5 looks :p.
 

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That's only why I've been posting links for RiteofTonge and dictionary extensions for...I don't know....ever?
 

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Just out of curiosity...does anyone use Opera? I tried it out once and I didn't care for it much. I think it's all just a matter that I've gotten myself in the Mozilla zone...I used Mozilla suite for a good year and a half to two years before Firefox even came out, so nothing else really sits with me well.
 

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Tweaking Firefox 2.0:

goto your newly DL'd FireFox, and in the address bar and type about:config (no need to worry, nothing bad will happen by tweaking these settings) press enter. Now here is a list, of what you can do to improve your Firefox loading speed, looks, etc.

Speeding up Firefox

The following settings will allow pages to load quicker.

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true" (if not already)

Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.


Limit RAM usage

All versions: Goodness knows I've done a good amount of belly-aching about Firefox's voracious appetite for RAM. (It's consistently the most memory-intensive process on both my PC and Mac.) Happily a simple config tweak got Mem Use right back down to a more comfortable number. Along with the previous prefetch mod, set your browser.cache.disk.capacity to a value that fits your total RAM.

* Key: browser.cache.disk.capacity
* Modified Value: Depends on your system's total memory. According to Computerworld:

For RAM sizes between 512BM and 1GB, start with 15000. For RAM sizes between 128MB and 512M, try 5000.

Tab close buttons

Fx 2.0 only: Another tab interface change in Firefox 2 is the addition of a close button on each individual tab. I happen to love this, but some hate it, saying it causes them to accidentally close a tab when just trying to switch to it. If you're a hater, revert to the Firefox 1.5 behavior by changing the browser.tabs.closeButtons value to 3. This will not display close tabs on individual tabs, and turn on a single close tab button at the right end of the tab bar.

* Key: browser.tabs.closeButtons
* Modified Value: 3 (revert to Firefox 1.5 behavior)
* Alternate Modified Value: 2 (don't display any close tab buttons)
* Default: 1 (display close buttons on all tabs)

Tab width before scrolling kicks in

Fx 2.0 only: The biggest interface changes in Firefox 2 involve tabbed browsing. Power surfers who open more than a dozen tabs will notice that Firefox 2 minimizes tabs to a certain width, then sets the excess to scroll off the tab bar with left and right arrows. As someone who often has more than a dozen tabs open, not being able to see them all made me crazy. One solution is to reduce the minimum tab width so that more tabs fit in the bar before the scroll kicks in. The default is 100 pixels; I found that 75 worked better for me - page titles were still readable, but more tabs could fit.

To disable tab scrolling entirely, set the value to 0.

* Key: browser.tabs.tabMinWidth
* Modified Value: 75 (fit in more tabs before overflow enables scroll)
* Alternate Modified Value: 0 (disable scroll entirely)
* Default: 100

Session restore

Fx 2.0 only: As a blogger and web mail user, it breaks my heart to recount how many times I've composed a long post or email message, then accidentally closed the tab or browser and lost all my work. No more! With Firefox 2, set the browser.startup.page key to 3 to restore your browsing session - with form entries intact! - every time you start your browser or undo close tab after a wayward click. Note: By default, Firefox 2 automatically restores your session if your browser crashes - but this does it every time you restart your browser normally.

* Key: browser.startup.page
* Modified Value: 3
* Default: 1 (open your specified homepages)

Fetch only what you click


Fx .6 and up: Firefox has this wacky little feature that downloads pages from links it thinks you may click on pages you view, like the top result on a page of Google results. This means you use up bandwidth and CPU cycles and store history for web pages you may not have ever viewed. Creepy, eh? To stop that madness, set the network.prefetch-next key to false.

* Key: network.prefetch-next
* Modified Value: false

Also visit http://www.tweakguides.com/Firefox_1.html for more tweaks thumup:
 

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Hmmm.... OMG TEH SPeel chek iz teh bombzor!

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Hummel.... O MG THE Peel cheek biz the bombard!

Well, it wont help the completely retarded people that post here, but it will come in handy sometimes.
 

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kick ass tweak guide!

I've used that site to tweak like everything on my laptop... then i forgot about it.

thanks!
 
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