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This review applies to version 19.0.
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Are you tired of the same old browsers and want to try something better that does not require a lot of resources? Pale Moon is the answer, because it is a Firefox-based browser, which basically means that it has at least the same performance, only with lower demands regarding the PC’s resources.
Packed with the same user-friendly interface, as in most web browsers, Pale Moon offers a great experience, because it is light, responds quickly to requests and, the most important fact, it is not made by the corporate giants that are trying to dominate the entire marketplace of this niche.
In fact, Pale Moon is optimized perfectly for Windows and an interesting aspect is that it is quite faster than most web browsers out there. In comparison with Firefox, Pale Moon only has a few features, but they were selected in the idea that this web browser will be faster and will not crash as often. For example, unlike Mozilla Firefox, Pale Moon has disabled the Parental Controls feature, because, obviously, this web browser was not designed as a “secured family browser”, but was conceived as a fast way to surf around the web. More than that, Pale Moon didn’t implement the Web Development Tools, because most users will never use this feature, and disabling it means that this application can operate 20% faster than Firefox.
Pale Moon only kept the best features from Mozilla Firefox, such as the support for HTML5, CSS3 or advanced DOM. But the best feature of them all is that this application supports any extension from Firefox, so, if you want an additional feature from Firefox, which is not enabled in the first place, you could easily install and implement it in Pale Moon.
In my opinion, the only negative aspect about Pale Moon is that you have to download an additional tool to migrate your profile from Firefox into this web browser. But this isn’t so bad because this task will only take a few minutes, considering the time you will save by using Pale Moon.
- Very fast.
- Support for HTML5, CSS3 or advanced DOM.
- It supports any extension from Firefox.
- You have to download an additional tool to migrate your profile from Firefox.
What's new in version 19.0
Fix for bookmarks giving an "XML parsing error" when set to "load in the sidebar"
Fix for a double padlock display if a secure site would not supply a favicon
Redone the mixed content https padlock image in 32bpp to prevent potential UI rendering issues
Fixed a setting so no unnecessary code walking is done for the otherwise disabled accessibility features
Fix (inherent) for add-ons and themes being marked as incompatible in Pale Moon x64 when they have a minimum version of 19.0
Fixes a critical security vulnerability in the browser (MFSA 2013-29)
Slightly improves HTTP pipelining
Update to the integrated status bar feature (German localization updated)
What's new in version 15.4
Deal with bogus Turktrust certs MFSA 2013-20
Several memory security hazards fixed MFSA 2013-01
Updated OTS library to r95 to fix potential font-related exploits
Security fix for libpixman stack buffer overflow
Fix for certain types of input lag on Twitter/Facebook & other sites with unnecessary DOM invalidations
Fix for HTTP pipelining re-use (improve pipelining logic)
Performance&stability updates to cairo and direct2d back-end
Improved performance for repeat gradients
What's new in version 15.2
Pale Moon 15.2 is an update to address a number of security issues, addresses current performance, and redesigns the way secure sites are displayed, among other things.
Changes in this version:
The identity panel has been redesigned, both for potential abuse of the new logic implemented in version 15.1 and because people clearly indicated that they would want to see the padlock permanently present on secure sites, while still seeing the favicon.
The padlock has been made a separate indicator now, and will be shown on SSL (HTTPS) sites, to the right of the domain name (domain verified) or company name (extended verification) information in the identity panel, by default. A few options have been implemented for style, including "old school" display of the padlock in the status bar of the browser. For more information about how to change the location of the padlock, see the Pale Moon Tweak Guide (PMTG)
The padlock will indicate whether a site is secure (gold padlock), has extended verification (green padlock) or if there is a problem with security (low-grade encryption or mixed content). A click on the padlock will open a details window with security information.
The address bar now has either a blue or green slight shading (border) for SSL sites, further clarifying that you are on a secure site. This can be disabled if desired via about:config. See the Pale Moon Tweak Guide (PMTG) for instructions.
Address bar auto-completion is now on by default.
After re-evaluating the auto-fill algorithm, autocompletion of domains on the address bar has now been enabled by default. This may interfere with searching from the address bar for some people, but:
- You have a search box on the right, you can use that, which has the intended functionality
- You can press space or another key to remove the auto-filled portion before pressing enter
- You can disable autocompletion from the Pale Moon status bar options:
Status -> tab Address Bar -> Firefox compatibility
Partial Japanese implementation for status bar options (preferences only)
Important performance regression fix.
Fix for the "tabs on top" menu entry not showing when tabs are already set on top, making it very difficult to switch them back to bottom.
Firefox 15 removed the context menu entry for "tabs on top" when tabs were set on top, making it impossible without going into about:config to set them to being on the bottom once you had changed it. This is considered a serious UI bug for Pale Moon, because it destroys intuitiveness for this option (you cannot use the same method you used to set them on top (context menu in the UI), to switch them back to being on bottom (having to manually change a parameter in about:config)). To make matters worse, this problem would only occur after a browser restart, meaning the UI would change simply because you closed and restarted the browser, removing this menu option.
Crash fix: Fix for a browser crash with certain types of invalid gradients. (bug #792903)
Security fix: Prevent private browsing data leakage through popup windows (bug #795015)
Security fix: Detect IC purging (bug #794025)
Security fix: Prevent mRules from dying in DoInsertHTMLWithContext (bug #788950)
Security fix: Drain the parent frame's overflow list before insert/append (bug #765621)
What's new in version 9.0
- WebGL has been changed to use ANGLE by default instead of using native OpenGL to give better performance on a number of systems that would otherwise suffer from high CPU usage and lower frame rates.
- Change in compiler: from this point on, Visual Studio 2010 will be used for all "next gen" builds.
- Build environment changed to cater to the ever-growing XUL dll size without having to compromize on what modules to optimize. (Prevent running into the 3GB address space limit)
- DNS prefetching disabled by default to prevent router hangups
- Changes to timings for UI script execution and content script execution to prevent unnecessary dialog popups about unresponsive scripts.
- Some image decoding tweaks.
- Eye candy: animated preferences dialog (resize when switching category).
What's new in version 8.0
A major update building on the Firefox 8.0 code base, with improvements that were planned for the (unreleased) version 7.0.2.
This version sees the following improvements in addition to those inherent to Firefox 8:
- Improved cache handling: this will make the browser handle system resources more efficiently on most systems.
- Improved networking: communication with web servers should be noticeably faster and smoother
- Fix for a rare image decoding bug (garbage, possible crashes)
It should be noted that the shift in focus of development has been towards the back-end of the browser (background resource handling and background networking), considering the rendering and scripting speed is not the bottleneck for current versions of the browser. Inherently, this may result in less of a clear difference in benchmark scores when comparing to its vulpine sibling or previous versions of Pale Moon because of rebalancing of code priority when building. Maximum benchmark scores are nice, of course, but the main goal of Pale Moon remains to be as efficient as possible when taken as a whole, including those parts that aren't measured in limited benchmark tests
What's new in version 6.0
The new version of Pale Moon is based on based on Firefox 6.0 and has added ak, ast, br, bs, en-ZA, gd, lg, mai, nso, and son language packs, Add-ons will no longer automatically update by default the moment they are checked and found to have a newer release, giving the user the choice to accept or reject the update, read release notes,update of the status bar add-on to v2.2, fixing compatibility issues and extending some configurability, Link right-click menu has "Open in new tab" on top now,performance issues fixed on some systems, instability problems fixed on some systems,updated artwork for the new about box, cosmetic changes and Zulu language added for the language packs
What's new in version 4.0
A number of fixes and a cosmetic update:
Crash fix: Prevent crashes in optimized builds of JS due to 20110410-CCBug.
Updater fix: Internal updater should function again from this version onward.
Add-ons window shows the proper add-ons page when loading it.
Shell integration fixed for Vista and 7: The browser should no longer complain that it's not the default program when it, in fact, is. See bug 20110408-SHBug.
Main Pale Moon program icon updated with a higher-res version of the logo image.
Why settle for a basic build of your Firefox browser on Windows Operating Systems when you can have one that is specifically made for getting the most out of your system? Mozilla does not provide optimized browser packages for Windows, meaning you may be losing speed and efficiency when you use your browser; and truth be told, most people use their browsers all the time! That needs to change, so, here is the Pale Moon project: A custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows. Make sure to get the most speed and efficiency out of your browser!
Of course, getting a more efficient browser is not just about optimizing the compilation process (building a program from its source code), but also about carefully choosing features and knowing how to choose the best setup. This means that this browser, however extremely close to Firefox in the way it works, does not have all the functions that Firefox has. A few, carefully selected, features have been disabled that are not in high demand, and that do not interfere with the way web pages are displayed or function; all to maximize speed and efficiency of the browser. Please see the page with technical details to learn exactly what the browser supports, and what it doesn't support. In short, if you need accessibility features or parental controls, then please visit the firefox homepage and get the official, non-optimized build.
With the next generation version (starting with Pale Moon 4), there are also a few other differences that are more obvious and not just "under the hood": contrary to what Mozilla has done with their redesign of the user interface, Pale Moon will continue to provide a familiar set of controls and visual feedback similar to previous versions, including grouped navigation buttons of a decent size, a bookmarks toolbar that is enabled by default, and not in the least a functional status bar, to name a few things.
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