Pale Moon is based on the Firefox web browser but specifically optimized for the Microsoft Windows operating system. What sets it apart from Firefox is the fact that its author builds 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Pale Moon by default, optimizes them for Windows, and will keep several existing Firefox features and looks alive.
The browser has gained some popularity as an option to keep true to the Firefox browser itself without having to update Firefox to the new Australis design and layout that Mozilla plans to ship in a couple of months.
Today's release of Pale Moon 24.3.0 introduces another feature that sets it apart. It is now also offered for Intel Atom systems that you find usually in low-end devices such as netbooks.
The Intel Atom builds have low system requirements with 256 Megabytes of free RAM and at least 100 Megabytes of free disk space. It needs to be noted that the browser will run better if the system has additional RAM or hard drive space to spare.
Pale Moon's Intel Atom builds are only available in 32-bit and even though they match the same version number as standard Pale Moon builds, are considered in their early stages by their creator.
What this means, among other things, is that they do not ship with automatic updates right now so that it needs to be updated manually instead. The builds can be downloaded from this page.
That's however not the only change in the latest Pale Moon version. If you have used Pale Moon for a while, you will notice that the page title is displayed on the title bar again. If you are running the stable version of Firefox currently, or an older version of Pale Moon, you may know that the title is not displayed on the title bar in those browsers.
Another change is the removal of the services tab in the add-ons manager. That does not mean that services functionality has been removed though, only that it is not displayed if no services are installed in Pale Moon at that time. Once you install a service, such as Facebook's for Firefox, you will see the services tab displayed there again.
Last but not least, you will also notice that the navigation bar and toolbars won't be hidden anymore when in tabs on top mode and when internal pages and menus are accessed.
The following bug fixes have already been applied:
- Downloads in private windows are now shown again if you are using the classic downloads window.
- Gelocation was fixed and is working again. Pale Moon had to switch from Firefox's standard geolocation provide Google to another, as Google is now requiring an API key that only official Firefox builds have access to. Pale Moon switched to IP-API.com instead.
- More information link on blocked add-ons is working again.
- Malformed letters and scaling issues have been resolved.
The most recent version of Pale Moon can be downloaded as a portable version or setup, for 32-bit or 64-bit versions, from the official project website.