Pale Moon 24 ships with many new - and old - features

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 13, 2013
Updated • Jun 26, 2017
Internet, Pale Moon

Just like there are several Chromium-based browsers out there, Iron or the recently reviewed privacy-centered Epic Browser, there are several browsers that are based on Mozilla Firefox.

Pale Moon is one of them. The browser has been updated to version 24 recently, a major new release according to the author. What may make Pale Moon attractive to Firefox users is the fact that the developer does not follow Mozilla's lead blindly.

The author of the browser is not too fond of the Australis theme for instance that Mozilla will release soon for all Firefox users, or other changes that the organization makes to aid "the confused masses".

If you go through the release notes of this particular release, you will notice that it restores several features that Mozilla has removed from Firefox:

  1. Graphical Tab Switching is back. Press Ctrl-Shift-Tab and you see thumbnails of all tabs so that you can switch between them easily.
  2. Option to hide or show the tab bar at all times.
  3. The load images preference is available in the content tab in the options.
  4. Send link / email link functionality integrated in the browser.
  5. Better recovery options in safe mode.

That's not all though what has been changed in Pale Moon 24. If you have used the browser before you may remember that it still displays HTTPS sites in special colors in the address bar. Mozilla is not doing that anymore for all types of https connections. A new change in Pale Moon 24 is that you get a red shading now on sites with mixed contents (meaning a HTTPS site that makes HTTP connections).

The author has updated other features, enabled the Gecko 24.0 code base, added security fixes, and improvements to the browser's performance in general.

The developer has removed Tab Groups or Panorama from the browser for example. Panorama was a feature that Mozilla had lots of hope for, but it did not really catch on. Instead of just removing the feature, an add-on has been created that users who liked the feature can install to get the functionality back in Pale Moon.

Tip: You can migrate your existing Firefox profile to Pale Moon. It is necessary that you download the Pale Moon profile migration tool and run it. It has a couple of limitations, incompatibility with portable Firefox versions or that you can only migrate the default profile locations.

Pale Moon performs as well as Firefox in most benchmarks with the usual variation in results that you get that do not really matter that much.

You are probably wondering what the catch is. There are a couple. First, updates to Firefox do not find their way to Pale Moon instantly. You will have to wait for them to be added to the browser due to the available resources the developer has at his disposal. That's a problem in regards to security updates.

Second, Pale Moon is only available for Windows. If you are running Linux or Mac OS X, you are out of luck.

Closing Words

Pale Moon is an excellent alternative to Firefox, for Firefox users who want to keep using their browser extensions but do not really like where Mozilla is headed. While it is possible to install add-ons to get back functionality that Mozilla removed from the browser, some users may prefer to use a product where they do not have to do so in first place.

Pale Moon 24 ships with many new - and old - features
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Pale Moon 24 is an update for the popular Firefox based browser that introduces new features and improves existing features of the browser.
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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