14 responses

  1. DutchPete
    June 24, 2014

    I am one of the people who switched over from Firefox 29 to Pale Moon, mostly because FF29 was not stable, in any case not on my laptop. I have been very happy with PM ever since: no hassles, all the FF add-ons I want work with PM, and the speed with PM of both launching & page rendering is superior to FF.
    Please keep us posted about the PM launch on Google Play.

  2. joe
    June 24, 2014

    Enthusiastic +1
    for the PaleMoon browser,
    (running here under Linux Ubuntu 12.04).

    All my 20+ FF addons
    working just fine in PM!

    Will also install PaleMoon
    in my Android Tablet
    (instead of my current FF 29/30),
    when available in the Google Play site.

    Simply a great browser…

  3. Daniel
    June 24, 2014

    + 1


    Thanks for the tip Martin!

  4. Maou
    June 24, 2014

    That´s a nice surprise, I was always looking for a custom firefox for android.
    Last week I ditched google apps from my phone, now I only use cyanogenmod + F droid.

    Thanks Martin.

  5. Moonchild
    June 24, 2014

    Thanks for the write-up! I’m glad to see such enthusiasm for this.

    Indeed, the public beta still needs a lot of work, especially in the branding department, but the main reason for this early beta is to get it out to mobile device users to catch any major issues with the core of it. Once a more release-grade version is available, it will be placed on Google Play for easier access.

    Feedback on this beta is of course welcomed on the forum in the thread pointed to in this article – but please keep in mind that the first full release will not have room for immediate big changes to it.
    The main reason this Android version is being worked on at an accelerated pace is because before long, Mozilla will shut down their Sync 1.1 (pre v29) servers, and that will leave many users of Sync without a way to synchronize data between desktop and mobile if they use Pale Moon on their desktop. Pale Moon and PM/Android will make use of our own server.

    • Martin Brinkmann
      June 24, 2014

      Welcome Moonchild and thanks for the clarification, makes sense.

  6. ilev
    June 24, 2014

    +1 to Pale Moon for not implementing EME-DRM, advertisements…

  7. Jan
    June 24, 2014

    Little typo Martin, this is tab on bottom which is still available with pale moon (tabs on top being an option)

    • Martin Brinkmann
      June 24, 2014

      Right, thanks Jan for spotting it.

  8. Ray
    June 26, 2014

    The main positive of Pale Moon on Android is the ability to use Flash. Android Firefox doesn’t support Flash.

    However, I’ll wait until the Pale Moon is final before testing.

  9. Brandon
    June 26, 2014

    Hopefully this adds the ability to save images/files to a user specified destination instead of a default one of the browser’s choosing. I like Firefox on Android but that particular missing option is my biggie holding the browser back. Either the option to set it in Settings or a prompt for each file would be nice.

    Can’t wait to try a more final release of this.

  10. Asok Asus
    July 9, 2014

    I’ve just been FED UP with FF because of all of the memory leaks, etc. I’ve been running v16 forever because whenever I’ve tried to upgrade to newer versions, they’d all pretty much just crash after 30 minutes of heavy use, and not a single version of FF that I’ve ever used has ever fixed the memory leak problems. Not a single one.

    I actually installed a tiny batch file on quicklaunch so I could quickly kill FF at the point it’s consumed all of my RAM so I could then start over with “Restore Session” to automatically reload all of my previous tabs. After trying every “solution” to the leak problem, that’s the only one that ever did me any good. Apparently the arrogant tards at mozilla would rather tweak the UI to death rather than make a browser that actually works. They’re worse than even Microsoft because Microsoft has to listen to their customers sooner or later or go broke, whereas nonprofits can just drift along forever.

    At any rate, I just finished installing Pale Moon, including importing everything from FF with their little importer program, and everything went flawlessly, including all settings and the plethora of add-ons I use. The only difficulty was getting roboform attached, which I can’t live without. I did finally dumb around and got the roboform taskbar program to attach roboform to PM, which then worked flawlessly. It is, however, necessary for the roboform taskbar program to run all the time for roboform to continue to work on PM, but this is a very small price to pay to ditch FF forever.

    I’ve used PM for a week now, opening/closing/keeping hundreds of tabs a day, and I’ve been stunned at how much faster PM is than FF, as well as the VERY small memory footprint occupied by PM vs FF. Even after a week’s HEAVY usage, PM has not grown beyond 1 GB, and even better, when I close tabs, ALL of the RAM is given back.

    Basically, PM is what FF ought to be. Even better, the genius behind Pale Moon, Mark Straver, has committed to keeping the PM UI fundamentally unmolested. I’ll be installing PM instead of FF on all of my client’s computers in the future as well!

    (BTW, ALL of the “recommended fixes” for the firefox memory leak problems are a sick joke. Not one of them works. And plugins DO NOT cause the memory leaks! Firefox does! How do I know? Because I switched to Pale Moon, importing everything EXACTLY like it was in Firefox and guess what? No memory leaks in Pale Moon! Oh, and I use Adblock Plus, Flash, Java, DoNotTrackMe, BetterPrivacy CookieCuller, DownloadHelper, Element Hiding Helper, IE View, ViewAbout, Visited, and roboform. So NONE of those is causing the firefox memory leak problems!)

  11. R00
    July 22, 2014

    This recent article about this browser (http://www.xda-developers.com/android/pale-moon-browser-android/) not only forgot to credit Moonchild for his work on Pale Moon but also claimed that “[t]his browser was ported to Android by XDA Recognized Developer [Chris F. Ravenscroft a.k.a.] cyansmoker” (in fact that build is different from Moonchild’s original and “official” version).

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