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 24.6.2 (Jun 16, 2014)
Love Pale Moon, with the new looks of Firefox and the way it works as far as I am concerned they ruined it.
I have been using Palemoon for along time, never let me down and I will not look back to Firefox as yesterday has nothing new to say to me.
If you want a good browser that works well and does all that FireFox did and you can use all extensions and plugins, then this browser is it...When you use the best, get rid of the rest, simple as that...
Reviewing 24.6.1 (Jun 10, 2014)
Nice looking. Lean and tight. Efficiency is a good thing. Have already left Firefox, and not looking back. My addons work and most controls are familiar. Only problem was with disappearing menu buttons, but importing my data manually instead of using the import program solved that. I think any other glitches that appear will be cleaned up, so I'm not worried about leaving Firefox.
Speaking of which... Firefox had become so bloated, and the policy behind the coding and updating so detached and so uninterested in the users' opinions, that I felt it was time to move on. Glad I did, actually.
Reviewing 24.4.2 (Apr 2, 2014)
Reviewing 24.4.0 (Mar 11, 2014)
Reviewing 24.4.0 (Mar 10, 2014)
Great Browser! 64 bit version is clean and fast, and best of all it's NOT CHROME.
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.