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 20.0.1 (Apr 12, 2013)
Very nice and fast release.
Using the portable x64 with only 3..4 add-ons (don't need more) and it is working like a charm!!!
Reviewing 20.0.1 (Apr 11, 2013)
Still the best. Feels even faster, with this release.
Reviewing 19.0.2 (Apr 2, 2013)
Awesome speed and moreso stability in this browser. Browser crashes are a thing of the past for me!
I don't care what benchmarks say when the browser itself is snappier and smoother to use - benchmarks are all well and good but if you're just looking at what 1 library can spit out you're not testing the browser as a whole. Kraken/Sunspider are really outmoded by now, too. JS is no longer the main concern for fast browsing.
Reviewing 19.0.2 (Mar 17, 2013)
Artem S. Tashkinov for your Information If you are looking at FF a knock Off then you may be Interested to know that Waterfox is more of a FF clone than Pale Moon Is, I'm using PM because the SeaMonkey I knew & loved has become very disappointing you no longer have the choice not to Install Chatzilla.
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.