Why settle for a basic build of your Firefox browser on Windows Operating Systems when you can have one that performs 25% faster? Mozilla does not provide optimized browser packages for Windows, while many Linux (“from scratch”) users get the advantage of a browser built specifically for their system. That needs to change! So, here is the Pale Moon project: Custom-built and optimized Firefox browsers for Windows Operating Systems.
The Pale Moon project is the work of a single individual, using contributed Open Source code to create a full-featured, speed optimized version of the popular Firefox browser. Having seen the advantages on other systems (e.g. Linux) with regards to programs being compiled specifically for the capabilities of the machine it is installed on, it became obviously clear that Windows users were at a disadvantage: Mozilla only releases windows executables with maximum compatibility in mind, meaning that Firefox is made to run on as many different systems as possible, sacrificing efficiency and speed in the process to be compatible with, by current standards, absolutely ancient hardware (backwards compatible to the first Pentium processors from 1993).
Pale Moon is a middle road, cutting away support for ancient systems to achieve a significant speed and efficiency increase, but not trying to squeeze the last few percent more out of it by limiting the range of systems it will run on even more. It aims to not waste computer resources and power on inefficient programs, while at the same time serving a wide range of systems that are currently in use around the world. As one person remarked when the first version of Pale Moon was just released: optimizing for only the very latest systems and limiting Pale Moon to run only on those would be rather pointless, as those systems have enough horse power to not make the few percent extra even noticed that would be gained by additonally using their specific hardware capabilities.
Pale Moon may run behind regular Firefox releases one or more versions, as this is still a project run in my free time, and I like to test the browser on at least a few systems before releasing it to the public. I also find that some Firefox updates don’t warrant the time and effort to make a “point release” of Pale Moon to keep on the bleeding edge of Firefox development. Because Firefox shares its source code over several different platforms, patches that are implemented for a new version quite regularly do not apply to Windows browser builds and are therefore irrelevant to Pale Moon development. Pale Moon will be updated only for select and relevant updates of the Firefox source code.
•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, downloadable fonts, WOFF and some HTML5
•Support for Firefox extensions, themes and personas
•Support for OOPP (Out-of-process plugin execution)
•Able to use existing Firefox profiles, bookmarks and settings with this migration tool