I’ve been meaning to write about the free Pale Moon browser. But didn’t get around to it until now. Yes, I still use Firefox. But it’s the Pale Moon edition that I use the most. It’s everything Firefox is as its built (re-compiled actually) from the same source code. But with significant differences.
Pale Moon is available in 32- and 64-bit versions. As well as a 32-bit Portable version. Actually 64-bit browsers are quite limited if you like visiting Flash-enabled sites. Installing the 64-bit Flash player on anything but Internet Explorer 64-bit is a nightmare that requires finding and copying files from the Windows System folder to your browser plugins folder. The hassle isn’t worth it.
Pale Moon has been “Specifically optimized for current processors. It makes use of enhanced instruction sets of newer CPUs” so if you insist on using a Pentium HT or an even older processor, I highly recommend Linux :). It also supports “Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Canvas, Firefox Extensions (add-ons) and Themes, Personas, CSS Downloadable Font support (including WOFF), HTML5 and advanced DOM support.” Resulting in “significant speed increases for scripting and page rendering compared to Firefox.”
Following the 80:20 rule (where most users standardize on core functions), Pale Moon re-introduces the status bar that was zapped from Firefox 4 in the regular Mozilla releases. And has done away with features few of us use or that aren’t supported by the Mozilla Firefox platform. Features like Accessibility (for visually or aurally impaired users). ActiveX as this doesn’t work on Firefox (included only for not clearly defined security reasons?). Also gone is Crash Reporter and Parental controls so if your children use your computer and you like to control what they do Pale Moon is not for you.
On a related note, isn’t it time you got your children their own computer? Because if they don’t learn responsible computing now, they never will! Mine have had access to their own system to use, modify or destroy since they were pre-teens.