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What is the reason why Firefox has different menus on Windows and Linux?

For example, on Windows you reach browser settings via Tools->Options while on Linux you go to Edit->Preferences for same functionality.

Is it purely because of tradition or is there some deeper reason behind this? It seems more like a nuisance, especially for someone who is frequently using both systems.

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Different environments have different standards. The standard for Windows is Tools > Options, while the standard for GNOME/Linux is Edit > Preferences. In my opinion, this is how it should be. For example, when I am working in Windows, I would not want an application (which also has a Mac OSX version) to move the Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons to the left side of the window.

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Then there are a lot of broken standards :[. Photoshop on Windows is using Edit->Preferences and NetBeans on Linux is using Tools->Options... But at least in these cases the design of one programm stays the same on different systems. I find it easier to get used to. I also imagine that it is easier for a company to maintain one standard per software piece, rather than per OS. – rbx Jan 31 '12 at 21:35

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