I always look for latest web browser news. In this between, I find Pale Moon web browser which is Firefox-based web browser. Most of non-techies will surely be unaware about this browser called Pale Moon. The only man behind this web browser is M.C Straver who is developer from Netherlands. It was first released in 2009.
Few days ago, I was searching for web browser related news on Google and find Pale Moon. This web browser is specially designed for Windows operating system. But it’s also available for Android and Linux. While the development for Mac OS X is in process. Pale Moon strictly follows three points of speed, stability and user experience. If you miss the older traditional user interface of Firefox but still wants better speed than Firefox than Pale Moon is the browser made for you.
I have just installed Pale Moon on my Windows 7 laptop. In my experience, the speed and usability of this Firefox-based web browser surpasses Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. The developer of this web browser has developed its independent code for this software and carefully optimized the browser for modern web browsing.
I am using this browser over Firefox and Chrome and find it great. Though still I am testing its many features but still its a great alternative browser which easily deserves to become default browser on your computer. It’s Android version is also available in Google Play Store.
What Makes Pale Moon A Better Web Browser (Pale Moon Review)
Developer of Pale Moon have done many changes in its browser and also does not included some features of Firefox. All changes make this browser stand-out from crowd.
1. User Interface Similar To Pre-Australis
It does not inherits the Austarlis theme of Firefox. Though the Australis is a modern user interface but has been criticized by many user for copying Chrome. This Firefox variant adopts a tradition user interface and looks very sleek. You will see tab bar below the address bar. It also got a status bar to show the state of loading of web page. At below on right-side of status bar, you will see a green-bar which tell you web page loading status. On left-side, it will show links.
This web browser is fully customizable, you easily change the position of tabs (up or down), to show or not show status bar and more. All this can be done by going in options. If you are familiar with Firefox, you can easily customize Pale Moon.
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You will also find a traditional Firefox like button at top-left corner of the browser. By clicking it, you can access menu.
2. Designed For Modern Processors
It’s code is specially deigned in such a way to get the full benefit of modern processors instructions. Its fully optimized for modern CPUs. If your system got older hardware (CPU) which don’t support SSE2 instruction set than this browser will not run on it. Pale Moon has also dropped the support for Windows XP.
3. Highly Optimized For Microsoft Windows
Pale Moon software code is greatly optimized to take advantage of Microsoft Windows. The browser takes uses compiler optimizations to speed up web browsing. For this task, it uses Microsoft C compiler’s speed optimization, auto-parallelization and auto-vectorization features.
In Linux OS, it uses O3 switch in the GNU Compiler Collection to speed up the browsing. To further improve the performance of the browser features of crash reporter, parental controls, ActiveX and Active Scripting are removed from it.
4. Better Performance Than Firefox & Chrome
If you own a modern laptop or desktop, you can easily feel the difference of performance in between Pale Moon, Firefox and Chrome. This browser feels much faster than Chrome and Firefox. Also it’s not a memory hog. In fact, it uses less memory than Firefox.
In my personal experience, it open pages very faster and feel very lighter on system resources. Even after opening about 12 tabs, there is no slow down in browsing and never hangs. I am not saying that Firefox and Chrome are slow. In fact, it just feels faster than its competitors. Real world benchmarks can be different.
So now you have to install and use this browser in order to experience it.
5. Support For Firefox Extensions And Themes
Many of the Firefox extensions and themes are supported by this web browser. When I made a switch to this browser, all of my Firefox extensions still work in it. To block ads in this browser, you have to install Adblock Latitude from the developer’s site.
6. 64-Bit Computing
If your computer is running on 64-Bit version of Microsoft Windows or any other OS than you can get advantage of 64-Bit computing while browsing on the web browser. It’s installer will automatically install required version of the browser according to system type.
64-Bit computing ensures to get the benefit of more memory. If your system have more than 4GB RAM than to use full memory you should run 64-Bit software.
7. Better Support
This browser will let you to get extensive support from an active community of users. Have an issue with it. Just go to its forums, create a new discussion about your issue and you will be amazed how fast your issue got resolved.
8. Miscellaneous: Pale Moon Browser Review
- By default it sets, DuckDuckGo as its default search engine
- Uses IP-API instead Google
- By default it sets start.me as homepage of the browser
- It does not adopts rapid release schedule like Mozilla Firefox
So these are the points which defines the capability and major difference of Pale Moon browser from rest. In my experience, if you want a browser with fast speed & efficiency then this browser is the choice for you. Most of its feature will fulfill your daily need. It’s main aim is to provide fast browsing with stability.
But if you want more advanced feature than its better to go for any other modern web browser. But I recommend you to give this Firefox-based browser a try. You will surely become its fan.
Pale Moon download is available at their official website.