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Pale Moon

Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and...

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Avg rating of 3.4 (21)| 26 comments
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Pale Moon Features

  1.  LightweightPale Moon consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  Privacy focusedPale Moon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  3.  PortablePale Moon can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPale Moon can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.

Pale Moon information

  • Developed byMoonchild Productions
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.4 (21 ratings)
  • Alternatives195 alternatives listed

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  • English

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Our users have written 26 comments and reviews about Pale Moon, and it has gotten 362 likes

Pale Moon was added to AlternativeTo by manwithcake on and this page was last updated . Pale Moon is sometimes referred to as PaleMoon.

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Desidiosus
  
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After FF's UI turned into a Chrome clone (I hate the Chrome's GUI, not my style at all) this is the browser to use, if you're looking for a browser that doesn't look like Chrome and functions like Firefox. Nothing bad to say about this, all addons work and there's also a x64 version available.

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Like good old Firefox when FF was young, simple and elegant.

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TBayAreaPat

Oh gosh, FF was such a buggy creature before it's Sandboxing days.

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SViN
  
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the application itself is workable however you will find many new browser features are not supported. Websites may also complain that you need to upgrade your browser. But if you are using this browser you probably chose it for the lack of support of HTML5, and you instead chose it for all the security and performance reasons. Then please go ahead and use this browser.

However the developers are complete fools who do not want to work with the free software opensource community. They think way too highly of themselves.

Never disrespect people that work for free to make your software work on their platforms. https://github.com/jasperla/openbsd-wip/issues/86

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Reborn

That is very good to know. I'm going to stray away from Pale Moon.

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Moira
  
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Back in the day of the real Mozilla, Pale Moon was the best branching. Leaner, quicker, more secure.

Nowadays, though ...

Standards have evolved. Pale Moon has nae. Their buffleheaded refusal of HTML5 for security reasons may have some thuth as it basis, but the end result is that many, many modern sites are broken. OAuth2 ? Disnae work properly, so Office apps will go bonkers from time to time. HTML5 ? No sir, so no point-to-point crypted transfer possible. Forget wormholing or banking sites. And so on and so forth.

It's come to the point they need their very own plugin repository because the old XUL Mozilla ones are not guaranteed to work.

And Moonchild constant aggressiveness does nothing to bring in developers or solutions, search the BSD Palemoon debacle on the web.

So, all in all, this was a very good browser, that is now dead by lack of evolution.

Still has its niche use though, you can have the portable version, put a NPAPI flash plugin inside, and play old flash games :D Or actually work with Canon's incredibly outdated extranet.

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RemovedUser
  
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Pale Moon is based on extremely outdated Firefox code, lacks proper sandboxing with site isolation, and still uses XUL which was dropped from Firefox years ago as it was a huge security risk. Pale Moon is a security nightmare and one of the worst browsers for privacy. It's much saner to use Google Chrome and disable telemetry in the settings.

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SingularAnomaly
  
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I was extremely surprised that this suddenly became my new favorite browser after just a little bit of customization. Although the ready made themes are somewhat limited, luckily I found a few that I liked, & 1 in particular (the Halloween themed one) that I very much enjoy. It works quite well, even with my tendency to have way to many tabs open, & is still quick & stable. It has a pretty descent amount of extensions available (some users may miss the google store add-ons, but I am NOT one of them, so for me this is a plus, not a negative.) It already has Ublock Origin as 1 of the available add-ons, which I already use in other browsers, although I need to use another available script blocker for Pale Moon, (eMatrix in my case) instead of my usual no script add on, but this seems to work just as well for my purposes in this browser, so no drama there. I love the way I can drag & drop customize the layout of the tool buttons etc. when it is customizing mode & that after I am done arranging the modifications to the lay out, closing the customization menu, it "locks" them in place so that I don't accidentally drag & drop them in normal use mode. :) It is true that I have trouble downloading most applications from this browser, but maybe that is just an error in my settings on my part, but it doesn't affect me because I just download from one of my lesser browsers when I need to do that, which is not that often. I thought this would be a difficult browser but I was very pleasantly surprised at how well we get along, & I have found myself saying regularly that "I LOVE Pale Moon way more than I expected to at first glance" & that "I hope it never ever becomes discontinued".... <3 TY for this!

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Cylancer
  
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Pale Moon is probably the best browser there is today. Is is not good choice for regular users. Advanced users could make the most out of it. Some sites will not work with it. There are not many add-ons, and some require advanced knowledge in order to use them. Uses resources almost like lightweight browsers. Downside is the community. Community is rather small and judging by their forum, not very friendly.

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    Pale Moon is based on extremely outdated Firefox code, lacks proper sandboxing with site isolation, and still uses XUL which was dropped from Firefox years ago as it was a huge security risk. Pale Moon is a security nightmare and one of the worst browsers for privacy. It's much saner to use Google Chrome and disable telemetry in the settings.
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    Like good old Firefox when FF was young, simple and elegant.
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