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.
- Implementation of all remaining applicable security fixes from Firefox 26.0 that were not implemented yet in previous versions
- Update of the Security library (NSS) to 184.108.40.206
- Fix of new js zone writes/zone barrier bugs
- The Sync configuration allows users to input their own recovery key again. Please note that letting the browser generate its own secure recovery key is still strongly recommended, as this recovery key should be impossible to guess and of sufficient lengt
Reviewing 24.2.2 (Dec 11, 2013)
Very arrogant developer and no significant speed increase over vanilla Firefox - tested on many PCs.
Reviewing 24.2.1 (Dec 6, 2013)
I'm using the 32bit version of Cyberfox & love it. It works equally as well as Mozilla Firefox on WinVista SP2--it's based on Mozilla Firefox Version 25.0.
Pale Moon works ok for me, but not any better than Mozilla Firefox 26.0b10, if as good.
Reviewing 24.2.1 (Dec 4, 2013)
Bala, I cannot agree with your comments about Palemoon. I have found it to be superb. I have also tried Ice Dragon and found it to be absolutely terrible. That said I have just tried another one you mentioned 'Cyberfox' and I am impressed with the speed, very impressed, so I will give that one a longer go to see what it is like longer term.
Reviewing 24.2.0 (Nov 26, 2013)
There are other Firefox derivatives offering much better JS controls such as 8pecxstudios "Cyberfox" and Comodo "Icedragon" and of course the magnificent SeaMonkey.
Reviewing 24.1.2 (Nov 20, 2013)
My favourite browser.
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.