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.
- Added a "Firefox compatibility mode" selection in Options -> Advanced
- Improved active tab display on particularly dark personas
- Disabled SSL 3.0 by default (to put a muzzle on the POODLE)
- Fixed add-on update issue (that was preventing update checking through addons.palemoon.org)
- Fixed the redundant redundancy in asking redundantly if the browser would be allowed to ask to install an extension when not on addons.mozilla.org
- Fixed the internal UA-sniffing insanity that broke devtools in a few different and colorful ways
Reviewing 25.0.2 (Oct 27, 2014)
Competent browser, no better or faster than Firefox. Pointless. Low rating as it has no reason to exist.
Reviewing 25.0.1 (Oct 16, 2014)
Pale Moon 25.0.1 Browser used to be very good. A lot of extensions and add ons that used to work with it are broken. Hopefully that will be resolved. And quite a few sites don't recognize Pale Moon. Tested this on 35 computers. The earlier versions of Pale Moon were quite excellent. Sad that the developer is going in this direction. Will wait and see.
Reviewing 24.7.2 (Sep 16, 2014)
Maybe the best browser available nowadays. Have had no problems of any sort. If you like the good old days of Firefox, this is the browser for you.
Reviewing 24.7.2 (Sep 12, 2014)
Another one of the last few Browsers which refuse to allow Google to influence them! Customization for the people instead of featureless crap ware like the Google Chrome clones from Opera and Mozilla!
Highly recommended :)
Reviewing 24.7.2 (Sep 12, 2014)
An excellent browser and I hope it stays that way.
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.