Pale Moon 24.0 released

Pale Moon is a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows operating systems with current, high performance processors. It looks identical to the standard Firefox browser and supports Firefox extensions, themes and identities.

Features:

  • Highly optimized for modern processors
  • 100% Firefox sourced: As safe as the browser that has seen years of development.
  • Uses slightly less memory because of disabled redundant and optional code
  • Significant speed increases for page drawing and script processing
  • Stability: experience fewer browser crashes.
  • Support for SVG and Canvas, and downloadable fonts including WOFF
  • Support for HTML5 and WebGL (v4+)
  • Support for Firefox extensions (add-ons), themes and personas
  • Support for OOPP (Out-of-process plugin execution)
  • Able to use existing Firefox bookmarks and settings with this migration tool

What's new in Pale Moon version 24.0:

This is a new major release with many changes and improvements. A concise summary of the changes follows. There are too many changes and updates (both resulting from the code base update and from the additional Pale Moon development on top) to list all of them in detail.

  • Switch to a new Mozilla code base (Gecko 24.0).
  • Update of the Pale Moon icon/logo. Special thanks go to Roger Gómez del Casal for providing me with an interesting concept design image to use as a base for it!
  • Fixes for all relevant security vulnerabilities.
  • Many changes and updates in the rendering, scripting and parsing back-end to provide significant improvements in overall browser performance (including benchmark scores).
  • Addition of a number of HTML5 elements, improving overall HTML5 standards compliance.
  • Implementation of the webaudio API (most features that are no longer draft).
  • Removal of Tab Groups (Panorama). If you actively used this functionality, I have also made an add-on (Mozilla dev sourced) available to restore this feature to the browser.
  • Removal of a few additional Accessibility options.
  • Inclusion of an updated version of the Add-on SDK and loader to solve recent issues with SDK/Jetpack add-ons.
  • Adjustment of the Quickdial "new tab" feature to have better layout.
  • Extension of the address bar shading functionality to more clearly indicate when there is a problem with a secure site (red shading on broken SSL/mixed content).
  • New way of handling plugins with control on a per-site basis. An extensive description can be found on the forum.
  • Restored/maintained a number of features that were removed from recent Firefox versions:
    • Graphical tab switching feature with quick search (Ctrl+Shift+Tab).
    • Removing the tab bar if there is only one tab present.
    • Options for the loading of images.
    • More recovery options in the Safe Mode startup dialog box than just nuking your profile.
    • Send Link/E-mail Link mail client integration functionality.
  • Unification of version numbers. x86 and x64 will from this point forward use the same version number (and icon) without an architecture designation. This will solve potential compatibility issues on new major versions, as well as the superfluous compatibility check when switching between x86 and x64 on the same profile.

Download: Pale Moon 24.0 | 16.2 MB (Freeware)
Download: Portable Pale Moon 24.0 | 18.1 MB
Download: Pale Moon 24.0 x64 | 19.4 MB
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Hows does Pale Moon compare in benchmarks? Sure, they are synthetic and not perfect, but Kraken and Octane at least try to simulate real-world scenarios. These should speak about performance with less bias than an end-user may perceive the performance.

Why does this thing feel the need to be phoning home and stuff? I thought that used to be one of the advantages of this over Firefox?

Even after deleting those phone home bookmarks, unchecking auto update everything and editing about:config, although I forget exactly which part it is in there as I haven't tried this in a few releases, it still phone homes!

Almost nothing I hate worse than something that won't at least allow me to make things quit doing that!

cork1958 said,
Why does this thing feel the need to be phoning home and stuff? I thought that used to be one of the advantages of this over Firefox?

Even after deleting those phone home bookmarks, unchecking auto update everything and editing about:config, although I forget exactly which part it is in there as I haven't tried this in a few releases, it still phone homes!

Almost nothing I hate worse than something that won't at least allow me to make things quit doing that!

Care to share the examples of Pale Moon phoning home ? would like to hear more about this ...

I like it but I switched to firefox because RES didn't work with palemoon. Now it works since they updated the code base but StickyPassword doesn't.

Too bad there is so much incompatibility.

Thought I would give this a try. It's actually pretty good.
There is definitely a noticeable increase in page rendering speed.
Gonna stick with it.