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Post Posted September 21st, 2011, 10:38 am

impar wrote:Basic ergonomics, really.
On Desktop the Metro UI should be forbidden.


I strongly agree.

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Post Posted September 21st, 2011, 12:35 pm

It actually makes the Table start looking like a good idea.
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Post Posted February 15th, 2012, 10:35 am


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Post Posted February 15th, 2012, 1:53 pm

Asa mentioned that this might require a native frontend. They won't know for sure until the documentation is published.
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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 11:48 am

I wouldn't usually dig up old threads (I usually strongly discourage it) but my question doesn't really
merit a new thread. What happened to the Firefox/Fennec Metro Test Builds for WIndows 8 that
were posted on the Mozilla Wiki? The links are now crossed out. Are any of these test builds still
available on the Mozilla FTP servers? I've now got the Windows 8 Release Preview up and running
on my main PC, and I'd like an alternative to IE10 Metro. I tried the Metro test build of Chrome,
and found it to be rather "meh!" ... much like it's regular desktop counterpart!
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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 12:00 pm

Supposedly, Metro version development is here: http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/ ... atest-elm/
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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 12:28 pm

Omega X wrote:Supposedly, Metro version development is here:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/ ... atest-elm/


OK, thanks for that. IIRC, the procedure is to install it the same way as any regular version of Firefox,
but then to ensure it works within the Metro environment, it should be set as the default browser
on the system via the "Set your default programs" section of the Windows Control Panel.

So, I've done all that, and there is now a new tile labelled Nightly on the Start screen, but clicking
on it just launches the regular desktop version of the browser rather than the Metro version.

I downloaded the firefox-15.0a1.en-US.win32.installer.exe file from the FTP folder you linked to.
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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 12:44 pm

I have no clue as to why it doesn't work. I haven't been following the Metro development. I do know that elm is the Metro repository and those are the builds from that repository.
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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 1:22 pm

DJGM wrote:
Omega X wrote:Supposedly, Metro version development is here:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/ ... atest-elm/


OK, thanks for that. IIRC, the procedure is to install it the same way as any regular version of Firefox,
but then to ensure it works within the Metro environment, it should be set as the default browser
on the system via the "Set your default programs" section of the Windows Control Panel.

So, I've done all that, and there is now a new tile labelled Nightly on the Start screen, but clicking
on it just launches the regular desktop version of the browser rather than the Metro version.

I downloaded the firefox-15.0a1.en-US.win32.installer.exe file from the FTP folder you linked to.

I think Firefox can't already be running on the desktop, so make sure it's closed completely before you click the tile.

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Post Posted June 21st, 2012, 3:50 pm

The only other Firefox based application I usually have running these days is Pale Moon, while my
main desktop web browser is SeaMonkey, so there are no other firefox.exe processes running.

Still, clicking on the Nightly tile (expecting Firefox branded one) opens the desktop version.
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Post Posted June 22nd, 2012, 4:01 pm

Uninstalled Nightly, reset IE10 as default and reinstated it's Metro tile, and IE10 Metro works again.
Reinstalled Nightly, set it as full default via Control Panel ... still only launches Desktop version.

What gives ... ?
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Post Posted June 24th, 2012, 4:09 pm

Anyone . . . ?

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Post Posted June 26th, 2012, 12:41 pm

I have the exact same problem. Installed nightly, set it as the default using control panel, and it still won't launch the metro version in Windows 8. Please help, I need to get this working for my research on browser cookies and users!

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Post Posted June 26th, 2012, 3:53 pm

I'd have thought Mozilla would've at least released a beta of Firefox Metro for Windows 8 by now,
rather than us having to try out random Nightly builds that only launch in normal Desktop mode.

Looks like the Nightly builds in the "latest-elm" FTP folder linked in the earlier message have
now been updated to Firefox 16a1 builds, so I'll give it another try on Windows 8 shortly . . .
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Post Posted June 26th, 2012, 4:10 pm

DJGM wrote:I'd have thought Mozilla would've at least released a beta of Firefox Metro for Windows 8 by now,
rather than us having to try out random Nightly builds that only launch in normal Desktop mode.

Looks like the Nightly builds in the "latest-elm" FTP folder linked in the earlier message have
now been updated to Firefox 16a1 builds, so I'll give it another try on Windows 8 shortly . . .


WINDOWS 8 IS PRERELEASE.

How about wait until it is released, to get a metro beta?

What makes more sense - fixing actual problems for millions of users on all OSes or making a metro version for a couple of beta testers?

How about you submit some code if you want it faster, or put up with unstable nightlies until Windows 8 is released?
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