Chrome provides a minimalist web browsing experience overall. Its developers have followed the Occam’s Razor/‘less is more’ design philosophy, perhaps taking the ideal a little too far, cutting out a few too many features. Unfortunately, this means no browser plug-ins... which means no Adblock, no GreaseMonkey, no FoxClocks... you get the idea. All that's left is a pretty face.
So, if Firefox has the thriving ecosystem of add-ins and add-in developers, but Chrome has the looks... easy, make Firefox look just like Chrome!
A quick search for make firefox look like chrome reveals that some hard-working beavers have already been at it: in particular check out Chromifox, a theme which easily gets you 90% of the way there. This experimental hack, which works with Chromifox and another add-in called Stylish, moves the tab bar to the top of the window.
The one downside to the tab bar hack is that it breaks Firefox’s F11/full-screen mode – moving the mouse to the top of the window no longer brings down the address bar or tabs. But I can live with that, and hey, it’s an experimental hack.
All these add-ins were installed and running in about a minute... which makes me wonder about Chrome’s future. If its main “selling” point is so easily replicated, before 1.0 is even released, how much of a splash in the web browser world is it really going to make?