Information about the project
Pale Moon project is the work of a single individual (Mr. M.C. Straver), using contributed
Open Source code to create a full-featured, speed optimized browser
based on the popular Firefox browser. Having seen the advantages on
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
(backwards compatible to the first Pentium processors from 1993).
In addition, later versions of Pale Moon aim to provide more freedom of
choice than Mozilla about how people want to browse the web, which tools or extensions they wish to use, and which
feedback users want to see; 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 4 and later have redesigned the
interface after the visions of the Mozilla Firefox product directors
and user experience team to provide a minimalist interface;
unfortunately also removing essential
functions and making a few less logical design choices, confusing
minimalism with cleanliness.
More information about the Pale Moon
application layout can be found here.
Users will find
a slightly more conservative approach to changes in the user interface
in the Pale Moon browser, which, although very close to Firefox, is
(now more obviously so than before) a different product. However, these
differences in layout do not prevent anyone from configuring their
browser interface to exactly the way they want it to look and work
(including like Mozilla Firefox's default layout if they so wish).
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. As one person remarked when the first version of Pale Moon was just released: optimizing for only the very
latest systems and limiting Pale Moon to run only on those would be rather pointless, as those
systems have enough horse power in excess to not make the few percent extra even
noticed that would be gained by additionally using their specific hardware capabilities.
Pale Moon will be released independent of Mozilla Firefox,
as it will take
time to build and test based on release code, and add Pale Moon
specific enhancements; the Mozilla rapid release schedule is not followed.
Pale Moon is an independently developed product based on Firefox, but will not
follow Firefox to the letter.
Because Firefox shares its source
code over several different platforms, patches that are implemented for
a new version quite regularly do not apply to Windows browser builds
and are therefore irrelevant to Pale Moon development. Pale Moon will
be updated only
for select and relevant updates of the Firefox base source code and otherwise develop independently on 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 Firefox source code (there will not be any Pale Moon "nightly",
"aurora" or "beta" builds available to the public). Only relevant
code will be used 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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