I installed Ubuntu 8.04 this week. Among the new features are a beta of the coming release of Firefox. It seems like some fine peace of software, but it continues the ever-growing wasting of screen realestate. I bought a new laptop a few weeks ago, and I wanted a small and portable one. In order to get that, I had to go down to a screen resolution of 1024×768. I was a bit afraid that this would be too little, but it has turned out fine. But it irritates me that some developer seems to think that it is no problem at all to use up a large portion of the screen for toolbars.
When I started using phoenix (the name of firefox at that time), one of its selling points was that it left so much of the screen for webpages, and didn’t waste much space at all. With every new (standard) theme it seems like it eats more and more of the screen.
And, since this is a beta none of my beloved “screen realestate cheap”-themes are out for it yet.
F11 and out.