Firefox DeWindowsification & other hacks

For some reason, Firefox keeps trying to become more like IE, which is causing it to suck more like IE!  Example, after upgrading to 3.5.x, there’s now a new "Open New Tab" button just right of your last tab – yucksters!  This is useless if you don’t show tabs unless there are more than 1 tab open (browser.tabs.autoHide)!  Anyway, googling led to this solution, c/o:

Add following line to ~/.mozilla/firefox/<your-profile>/chrome/userChrome.css:

.tabs-newtab-button {display: none}

Now in other hackory news – I found this to speed up Adobe Flash in FF:

The Flash plugin does support hardware acceleration on cards with accelerated drivers, but looks for a string in the GL support that Intel (and possibly other) cards do not support. This can be overridden by adding

OverrideGPUValidation = 1

to the /etc/adobe/mms.cfg file.

I had to create both the /etc/adobe folder and mms.cfg file on my system, but it does seem to help a lot. Adobe warns that it may crash your browser (even more than Flash does already!).



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