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    Default Pale Moon Browser - Firefox based; optimized for Windows

    The Pale Moon browser is built on Firefox source code. After installation, I launched Pale Moon and it opened with my Firefox customized menu bar, bookmarks, add-ons, extensions, start pages. I've only been using it a few hours. Other than it loading much faster than Firefox, I haven't noticed any differences.

    The Pale Moon Project homepage

    Main features:



    * Highly optimized for current 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
    * Support for SVG and Canvas
    * Support for Firefox extensions, themes and personas



    System Requirements:

    * Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven, 32-bit or 64-bit (64-bit O.S.es are not natively supported, but the browser will run fine on them)
    * A 7th generation or later processor with SSE2 support like a Pentium IV or Athlon 64 or later (see list of supported processors) Standard Pale Moon will NOT run on Athlon XP processors! Please GO HERE if you are running on an Athlon XP or Athlon MP processor machine.
    * 64 MB of RAM (128 MB or more recommended)
    * At least 35 MB of free (uncompressed) disk space
    Pale Moon - Technical Details
    The following features have been disabled by design:

    * ActiveX and ActiveX scripting. ActiveX is specific to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and is not natively supported by (any) Firefox builds. There are some extensions that enable ActiveX components and scripts to run in Firefox on Windows, which will, therefore, not run in Pale Moon. This is a security consideration more than a speed consideration.
    * Accessibility features. Most people, and certainly the people looking for speed optimized browsers, don't have a need for accessibility features. This cuts down some on the input complexity, and increases speed, but will, obviously, not be suitable for people who need these features.
    * Parental controls. Pale Moon aims to be a fast browser for general use, not a "secured family browser". The design impact of parental controls as introduced in Firefox 3.0 and later is significant, and has had serious implications for building the browser. As such, parental controls have been disabled.
    * A few miscellaneous things like the crashreporter and automatic updater, since they require server-side components that are not in place at palemoon.org. You will have to check manually if you have the latest version and update accordingly.
    It also doesn't support all AMD processors.

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    hi !

    thanks Corrine !

    i´m at the university now, but i´ll test it later tonight when i get home.

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    I have been using it for three days with no issues.

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    quite nice, using it now, I notice no difference between this and Firefox accept it is faster loading I think. No issues so for with it, works well...

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    Since Pale Moon is optimized for Windows, I can see very few reasons for Firefox users not to switch to this Fast and Powerful browser.
    Last edited by johnny.rotton; 19th April 2010 at 07:53.

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    It has been updated to v5.

    Main 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 profiles, bookmarks and settings.

    Anyone using it?

    Also see Firefox vs Pale Moon Browser - Which one is better?.

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    Been using the portable for a few months and have finally put SeaMonkey to bed.
    Installed 5.0 portable the day it launched

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