About the Tango Firefox Theme

Some months ago I created a Tango Firefox Theme which applied the great icons of the Tango Desktop Project into Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

It made Firefox look a bit less ‘foreign’ on GNOME environments, and apparently many people liked it (162.710 downloads so far) - some even dared to install it on the Windows version and ignored all the glitches it has being made and optimized only for the Linux version.

The theme does not work with the new Firefox 3.0 and I will not update it to make it work with the new version. Here is why:

Linux integration has improved very much with Firefox 3.0

As mentioned in the official Release Notes, “Firefox’s default icons, buttons, and menu styles now use the native GTK theme”. This means, it integrates perfectly (well, nearly) out of the box. Firefox will use the icon theme you choose, whether it’s the default Tango based GNOME icon theme, or anything else.

So there is no need for a theme that aims for better integration anymore.

The only difference…

The only visible difference between Tango on Firefox 2 and native Firefox 3 are the icons in the Bookmarks Bar. You can disable them with a simple userChrome.css entry:

toolbarbutton.bookmark-item > .toolbarbutton-icon {
    display: none;