You may wonder what's been keeping me busy for the past few weeks…but that's irrelevant, as the Firefox Cairo patches have, in the past few weeks, started to land.
This is a major step in a new direction for Firefox, with a change of rendering backend, and it certainly looks good. Although it's not up to speed yet (it's actually quite slow and jerky, but by no means intolerable), it already has support for native GTK widgets.
In related Firefox news, I have taken up bug triaging as a hobby, and I'm working through a (long) list of Firefox bug reports on Linux. It's now down to below 1000.
Most bug reports (about 70%) are complete rubbish, half of the remaining reports are duplicates, and the rest are real reports. I'm hoping to get around to helping fix some of them soon instead of just triaging; it's a goal of mine to submit a patch for Firefox.
This notification isn't as prompt as I would've liked, as it completely slipped my mind, but the new version of my Platinum Firefox theme has been released – now compatible with Firefox 1.5.
Released a few weeks ago, this new version has fewer bugs, some patched-up colours, and most prominently, support for Firefox 1.5 (and all previously supported versions down to 1.0).
Even though it's at the bottom of the list, and has an appalling rating (I still suspect dishonesty), I hope somebody finds it and likes it – I've had some fun times (and some less-than-fun times) making it, and it should be enjoyed.
Mozilla Firefox, at 16:59 GMT, on the 29th April 2005, has reached 50 million downloads!
It would've reached 50 million a lot sooner, but the downloads just suddenly stopped at 49,999,999; a picture shows the download counter at this stage. It stayed like this for about half an hour, before Asa's frantic pleas managed to finally coax a Mozilla co-worker into re-downloading the browser.
Asa was said to be "heartbroken" as the downloads stopped, but was "overjoyed" when the last download rolled into place.
I've just released version 1.0.2 of my Platinum theme.
Hopefully it's fixed all the bugs, and I won't get so many abusive comments.
For the information of anyone who doesn't know what my Platinum theme is, it's my theme for Mozilla Firefox and is available on the Mozilla Update site
I've just looked at the download count for my Firefox theme, and it has had over 1.2 million downloads.
I didn't think it was that good, and most of the comments support me on that, but it is the single most downloaded Firefox theme on the Mozilla Update website, so there can't be that much wrong with it.
I think it's about time I got out Fireworks again, and finished off the 1.0.2 version.
I have recently made a couple of CD covers for the Firemonger.org Firefox/Thunderbird CD project.
Here they are in all their glory. I hope to find the time to output these in PDF and Nero formats, and also create some more covers, so that all tastes and technologies are covered.