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Firefox To Replace Menus With Office Ribbon 1124

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-in-gnome? dept.
Barence writes "Mozilla has announced that its plans to bring Office 2007's Ribbon interface to Firefox, as it looks to tidy up its 'dated' browser. 'Starting with Vista, and continuing with Windows 7, the menu bar is going away,' notes Mozilla in its plans for revamping the Firefox user interface. '[It will] be replaced with things like the Windows Explorer contextual strip, or the Office Ribbon, [which is] now in Paint and WordPad, too.' The change will also bring Windows' Aero Glass effects to the browser." Update: 09/24 05:01 GMT by T : It's not quite so simple, says Alexander Limi, who works on the Firefox user experience. "We are not putting the Ribbon UI on Firefox. The article PCpro quotes talks about Windows applications in general, not Firefox." So while the currently proposed direction for Firefox 3.7 involves some substantial visual updates for Windows users (including a menu bar hidden by default, and integration of Aero-styled visual elements), it's not actually a ribbon interface. Limi notes, too, that Linux and Mac versions are unaffected by the change.
Communications

+ - Opposition to Net-Neutrality

Submitted by Arnold Enil
Arnold Enil (666) writes "Following the US DoJ's quite ridiculous ruling that commends a two-tier internet as a good idea and ensuing (surprisingly positive) big-media attention, the possiblity of a two-tier internet with different pricing rates, speeds, and available bandwidth is steadily becoming more and more of a real threat. Here are ten very real reasons why a two-tier internet is a very bad thing, for everyone from end-users, to ISP retailers, to webhosts alike. Users are encouraged to submit their own. And, of course, the obligatory petition."
Communications

+ - Verizon vs. the Needham Fire Department

Submitted by
netbuzz
netbuzz writes "Odd disagreement. At issue is whether — or not — there was a minor fire in a house on Pine Grove Street in Needham, Mass., caused by a Verizon employee drilling through an electrical main. Everyone agrees that whatever happened — or didn't happen — was indeed the fault of the Verizon employee; it's "fire or no fire" that is at issue. Verizon says no fire, not even smoke. The Needham Fire Department begs to differ. New eye-witness reports are emerging ... and it's not looking good for Verizon.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18392"
Portables

+ - Best Geek Phone?

Submitted by
Reality Master 101
Reality Master 101 writes "Recently we had an Ask Slashdot about simple cell phones, now I'd like to ask the opposite question. I'm thinking of replacing my phone, and I'd like to replace it with the best "geek" phone. What are Slashdotters using these days? It should have a great browser and have good third party applications, especially ssh (and an RDP client?) for remote access. The iPhone is out, of course. What deals did you get from the US carriers?"
The Internet

+ - What tech feeds do you subscribe to?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am curious as to what other tech sites all the other Slahdot users read on a very regular basis. I for one read Slahdot, Endgadget and a number of others but am curious as to what everyone else reads when they are looking for their daily fill of tech news. Any suggestions?"

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