Information about the project
Pale Moon project is a community-driven project owned and led by Mr. M.C. Straver BASc, using contributed
Open Source code to create a full-featured, optimized browser
based on the code behind the popular Firefox browser.
Notable other development/maintainance contributors to the project are:
Pale Moon aims to provide a Gecko-based browser with more freedom of
choice than Mozilla Firefox in how people want to browse the web, which
tools or extensions they wish to use, and which
feedback users want to see ("Your browser, Your way"); efficiency, after all, should not stop at
the engine of a browser, but extend to all parts of it, including the
user interface. Specifically, Firefox has seen a redesign of the
interface after the visions of the Mozilla Firefox product directors
and user experience team to provide a more minimalist interface;
unfortunately also removing essential
functions and making a few less logical design choices, confusing
minimalism with cleanliness. Especially in Firefox 29, with "Australis", much more has
been changed, breaking in many ways with previous versions, standard
user interface conventions and ergonomics, as well as proper visual
integration with the operating system.
- G. Brown (access2godzilla) and C. Ravenscroft for kicking off and maintaining the Linux builds & installer
- M. Turnbull (Sparky Bluefang) for supplying the base code for the V4+ status bar
- K. Engert for supplying the base code for the padlock feature
- M. Tobin for additional research into the Mozilla code and general support in a number of different areas of development
a tried-and-tested user interface
in the Pale Moon browser, which, although very close to older versions
of Firefox in the way it looks and operates, is a
different product. Pale Moon will always aim to keep a very high degree
of available user-customization and extensibility, since that has
always been the main
strength of Firefox in the past, and to keep a consistent and logical
look and feel
to the browser overall. Extension compatibility will remain high with
extensions specifically written for Firefox prior to Australis,
although 100% compatibility of extensions written for a different
product can obviously not be guaranteed. This is also why extensions
can be written for Pale Moon exclusively and/or adapted to Pale Moon as an individual product (unlike "re-branded Firefox rebuilds").
Pale Moon is a middle road, cutting away support for particularly old hardware and operating 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. Pale Moon aims to deliver above all a stable and smooth browsing experience,
and does not intend to or aim for high scoring in synthetic tests, as
those are invariably not a good representation of typical use of a web
browser in the real world.
Pale Moon will be released independent of Mozilla Firefox,
as it uses a different source code and release plan, and is not
affiliated with or subject to either code releases or publication plans of
the Mozilla Corporation; the Mozilla rapid release schedule is not followed.
Pale Moon is an independently developed product based on Firefox, but will most certainly not follow Firefox to the letter.
Pale Moon will
be updated only using select and relevant updates
of the Mozilla base (Gecko) source code and otherwise develop
completely independently on top of the chosen version of the Gecko engine.
This also means that Pale Moon
will not be built based on beta, release candidate, milestone, or other development releases
of the Gecko source code (there will not be any Pale Moon "nightly",
"aurora" or "beta" builds available to the public). Only relevant
code will be used for any architecture, to ensure stability.
SupportPlease look at the Donations and Support page to learn about ways to support Pale Moon, and to see who have contributed to the project to make it what it is.
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