Pale Moon

Description

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 users get the advantage of a browser built specifically for their system. That needs to change! So, here is the Pale Moon project: Customly built and optimized Firefox browsers for Windows Operating Systems. Make sure to get the most speed out of your browser!
Of course, getting a faster browser is not just about optimizing the compilation process (building a software from source), but also about carefully choosing features and how to choose the best setup. This means that this browser, however extremely close to Firefox, does not have all the functions that Firefox has. A few, carefully selected, features have been disabled that are not in high demand, and that do not interfere with the way web pages are displayed or function; all to maximize speed and efficiency of the browser.Features:
* Highly optimized for current processors
* 100% Firefox sourced: As safe as the browser that has seen years of development.
* Uses less memory because of disabled redundant and optional code
* Significant speed increases for page drawing and script processing
* Support for SVG and CanvasSystem Requirements:
* Windows 98*/Me*/2000/XP/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. This browser will NOT run on Athlon XP processors!
* 64 MB of RAM (128 MB or more recommended)
* At least 35 MB of free (uncompressed) disk spaceFeatures/disabled features
This browser aims to strike a balance between features and speed. As such, a choice has been made to consciously disable a few features that are not commonly used by the largest group of users. If you require any of the disabled features, then this browser is not for you! Please check the Firefox page to get an official build instead, in that case.
The Pale Moon browser has the following features:
1. Specifically optimized for current processors. It makes full use of the enhanced instructions sets of newer CPUs - as a result, this browser will not run on older systems.
2. Support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Canvas, vector-based graphics.
3. Support for Firefox Extensions and Themes
4. CSS Downloadable Font support
5. 100% Firefox Sourced! This means you get the reliability and stability of the Firefox browser, and the wide array of Firefox options and features.
6. Significant speed increases for scripting and page rendering compared to Firefox. There have also been reports of sluggishness using the menues and dialogs in Firefox, which Pale Moon does not display.
7. Uses a little less memory than the official builds because of the disabled features (listed below)From Author:
The following features have been disabled by design:
1. ActiveX and ActiveX scripting. ActiveX is specific to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and is not natively supported by Firefox builds. There are some extensions that enable ActiveX components and scripts to run in Firefox, which will, therefore, not run in Pale Moon. This is a security consideration more than a speed consideration.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. A certain method for automatic virus scanning of downloads used by some AV suites has been disabled. This reproduces the way it was done before this method was introduced (for Vista compatibility). This should have no impact on your safety and security if you have a properly installed virus scanner, though.Supported processors
The Pale Moon browser is specifically optimized for current processors. This means it will not run on PCs that are particularly old by today's standards, and is likely to crash, close down, or display errors on systems with unsupported CPUs.
Requirements for the Pale Moon browser are, in short: a 7th or later generation CPU with SSE2 support.
Since many people will not know off-hand what their CPU is capable of or what generation it is, here is a run-down of a number of popular CPUs and if they are supported. In case of doubt if your CPU is supported or not, please find a CPU information tool like CPU-z or Crystal CPU-ID to check your CPU's capacities.Speed comparison
I have compared speeds with an official speed test (sunspider) to get some detailed specifications of Pale Moon versus Firefox. The only area where Pale Moon is slower in scripting (mainly due to differences in compiler) is regular expressions and validation of form data, neither of which will significantly impact general use. Overall, Pale Moon is 1.25x as fast as Firefox That is a very significant increase in speed in this test..

Published By:palemoon.org

License Type:Freeware

Date Added:14 September, 2012

Version:12.3

Price:Free

Downloads:3

Size:12.7 MB

Platform: Macintosh

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