Pale Moon (web browser)
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Screenshot of Pale Moon version 8 running on Windows XP, showing Russian Wikipedia
|Initial release||October 20, 2009|
|Stable release||20.0.1 (April 11, 2013) [±]|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Platform||IA-32, x86-64(Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 or later)|
|Available in||85 languages|
Pale Moon is a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. It is available for Windows platforms and distributed by M.C. Straver. Pale Moon builds on Firefox, optimizing for efficiency of code and aimed at current and modern microprocessors. Pale Moon is available free of charge as open source code archive and freeware binary releases. Most of the available Firefox extensions and plugins are compatible with Pale Moon.
Though based on Firefox code, Pale Moon differs in several concepts, including performance optimization, user interface and legacy hardware support.
Pale Moon makes use of compiler optimizations by using Microsoft C compiler's "
/O2" and "
/Ox" flags, and also by selection of included or excluded features from Mozilla Firefox to increase performance of the browser. The resulting browser will not run on particularly old hardware as a result, but "by cutting out support for older systems, Pale Moon works with an optimized code base that takes full advantage of modern processor instruction sets."
The user interface of Pale Moon since version 4.0 substantially differs from that of Firefox. The status bar was re-added by the authors to keep the information, provided by web applications and the messages about the current state of the browser accessible yet less intrusive, as well as keeping other status elements that were removed from the Firefox user interface (page load progress indicator, file download indicator) by bundling an edited version of an open source status bar extension until version 12, after which that extension was fully integrated into the core of the browser. The tab bar in Pale Moon is also preserved below the other toolbars in the application (as opposed to Firefox's and Google Chrome design). The developer also reordered UI controls with a goal to collect the control elements in the same place to improve the user experience from the usability point of view.
Older hardware support
Up to version 12, the browser has followed Mozilla Firefox's rapid release schedule, but since 12.0, development of the browser has become more independent. Subsequent versions are based on specific major Gecko versions with additional and independent development on top.
Like Firefox, Pale Moon is released open source, with the source code residing under the Mozilla Public License 1.1 except for parts relating to branding. Unlike Firefox, however, the Pale Moon binaries may only be redistributed under certain conditions. According to the author, this is to prevent the possibility of any confusion with tainted versions. The project's name, logo, and other artwork are the intellectual property of M.C. Straver, and cannot be used in other third party Firefox builds or other related products without the author's prior permission.
- Pale Moon Release Notes
- Minimum system Requirements at Home Page
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