Pale Moon is the work of a single individual, using contributed Open Source code to create a full-featured, speed optimized version of the popular Firefox browser. Having seen the advantages on other systems (e.g. Linux) with regards to programs being compiled specifically for the capabilities of the machine it is installed on, it became obviously clear that Windows users were at a disadvantage: Mozilla only releases windows executables with maximum compatibility in mind, meaning that Firefox is made to run on as many different systems as possible, sacrificing efficiency and speed in the process to be compatible with, by current standards, absolutely ancient hardware.
Pale Moon is a middle road, cutting away support for ancient systems to achieve a significant speed and efficiency increase, but not trying to squeeze the last few percent more out of it by limiting the range of systems it will run on even more. It aims to not waste computer resources and power on inefficient programs, while at the same time serving a wide range of systems that are currently in use around the world.
Reviewing 26.0.0 Beta 3 (Dec 8, 2015)
Still a great browser. No problems at all visiting any websites.
Reviewing 26.0.0 Beta 2 (Nov 23, 2015)
Pale Moon freezes constantly and I have to continually close the browser. Not so with Firefox. CTR is indeed very helpful and useful. Pale Moon's code is also comprised primarily of Firefox code and when I visit many, many sites with Pale Moon they tell me I need an up to date browser! The earlier versions were very, very good. But, not anymore. Another very good alternative is Cyberfox.
Reviewing 26.0.0 Beta 2 (Sep 11, 2015)
CTR is indeed some kind of stupid bandage, because if Mozilla would not have removed customization features to be attractive to total n00bs and Chrome users, there would be first no need for an add-on like that and forks like Pale Moon would not be necessary.
Reviewing 26.0.0 Beta 2 (Sep 10, 2015)
Classic Theme Restorer IS NOT a lame bandage. It is a very useful extension.
Firefox is also fully customizable. I find it more secure for my banking needs.
Every time I have tried to use the current version of Pale Moon browser for my banking needs it keeps asking me for a more updated version of Firefox.
Don't have that issue at all whilst using Cyberfox or Waterfox.
Pale Moon isn't a unique fork of Firefox and it's GUID is not unique either.
Pale Moon contains a lot of code from Firefox. Which is fact.
And Pale Moon wouldn't exist without Mozilla's Firefox. Also a fact.
I did really like the earlier versions of Pale Moon and do wish the developer success for the future.
Also, I use it from time to time for casual browsing.
Reviewing 26.0.0 Beta 2 (Sep 5, 2015)
No Firefox hater here! Means i totally understand why Mozilla "must clone Chrome"!
Please guys keep in mind that Mozilla is in direct competition to the big one's! Customization features made Mozilla's reputation of slow, unstable and bloated! So, to gain market share, they had to try something new.
And so many people are loving Google Chrome because it offers exactly that. It is simple, not complex, has an appealing design, unusual tab form and gets out of your way!
If you take a look at Mozilla's input.mozilla.org feedback system, people complain often "make it like Chrome" or "please add a feature like Chrome"!
So, what do you guys expect Mozilla to do in the first place? Chrome is the market leader! And to stay competitive it is logically that Mozilla tries to emulate the Chrome behavior, while making sure the existing user base is not alienated as much as possible.
Granted, Mozilla could have done a way better job, they took a risk which did not work out in the end. But they still have a large number of people around, who love exactly the things they have done. Never forget that, this is not bad or wrong, it is if anything at all, debatable!
Why i am using Pale Moon? Because i do not agree with all above! But stop bashing Mozilla, without them, Seamonkey and Pale Moon would not be around, they have earned at least a little bit respect for that!
Pale Moon doesn't start (error message when starting)
Make sure your system meets the requirements to run Pale Moon. The most common occurrence of this error is trying to run it on a PC that doesn't meet the system requirements. If you have an Athlon XP or MP machine or a Pentium II or III, this browser will not run. Because Athlon XP is very popular, there is a version of Pale Moon specifically for those PCs [here], but the main version of Pale Moon won't run on it!
Pale Moon for Athlon XP
Note: these builds are a courtesy, and may be updated later than the main browser build.
By popular demand, these browsers were built specifically for the Athlon XP or Athlon MP processors, since Pale Moon does not support these processors by default. These browsers are not as highly optimized as the standard Pale Moon browser, and were about 7-9% slower on the machine they were tested on than the standard Pale Moon in a synthetic test. Compared to Firefox, this is still a huge speed increase.