the google folks are aware of the upcoming "australis" abomination and are not worried about firefox at all. [*sigh
the firefox devs are crippling the addon system, crippling the customization system, removing the addon bar/status bar, blocking putting icons anywhere other than on the navigation toolbar, and generally ripping out the things that make firefox so completely customizable.
all this in the name of "simplicity" and "making customization more accessible to more users".
actually, it's being done in the name of stripping out things they don't like to maintain while still adding all that developer tools stuff that otta be in an extension.
i suspect that i will switch to seamonkey when australis comes out on firefox.