Pale Moon - Your browser, Your way

Information about the project

General Information

The 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:
  • 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
Pale Moon aims 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 ("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 user 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.

Users will find 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 can obviously not be guaranteed.

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. More importantly, 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 for 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 "Release" source code will be used for any architecture, to ensure stability.

Support

Please 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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