Pale Moon 26.0 has been released. The new version of the web browser is the first in which the switch to Goanna, the new rendering engine that is closely related to Gecko but not the same, is completed.
Pale Moon 26.0 ships with the Goanna rendering engine. While most users may not notice any changes whatsoever after updating to version 26.0 of the web browser, some may notice issues. This is to be expected considering that switching rendering engines is quite the major undertaking in the browser world.
The Pale Moon team asks users of the browser to report any issues that they may experience, for instance on sites that worked just fine in previous versions of the browser but not in Pale Moon 26.0, to report these issues so that they can be investigated and hopefully corrected.
Another change, this one understandable but not as pleasant for some users of the browser, saw the reduction of supported languages to "a little over 30". The Pale Moon project started to do full translations in-house and due to a lack of translators for less-common languages, cannot offer translations for these languages right now.
Lets take a closer look at some of the other changes and fixes in version 26 of Pale Moon.
One interesting feature that the team added to the new version is called conservative image decoding. Basically, what it does is implement lazy image loading decoding images only when they are in view. This should improve memory use on pages with images below the fold, and the load performance of image-heavy web pages.
media.autoplay.allowscriptedand setting the preference to false by double-clicking on its name.
Several security updates went into Pale Moon 26.0 as well. The team added an active XSS filter which checks for cross-site scripting attacks and blocks these attacks automatically.
Pale Moon users can control the feature in the options under security.
Support for 128-bit Camellia-GCM ciphers has been added, and several root certificates have been distrusted.
Additional information about the feature is available on the Pale Moon forum.
You can check out all changes in Pale Moon 26.0 on the release notes page.
On February 3, 2016, Pale Moon 26.0.2 was released. It is a security, bug fix and web compatibility update.
Pale Moon 26.0.3 was released on February 5, 2016. It made the following changes to the browser:
Pale Moon 26.1 was released on February 16, 2016. It is a compatibility, stability and bugfix release:
Pale Moon 26.1.1 was released on February 24, 2016. It is a stability and extension compatibility update.
Pale Moon 26.2 was released on April 5, 2016. It is a major update and bugfix release.
Pale Moon 26.2.1 was released on April 8, 2016. It fixes an issue with keyboard navigating the user interface.
Pale Moon 26.2.2 was released on May 10, 2016. It is a "mainly" a security update but fixes several crash issues as well.
Pale Moon 26.03.0 was released on June 21, 2016. The new version includes six security updates and the following changes:
Pale Moon 26.3.1. was released on June 25, 2016. It is a bug fix release mostly that fixes smaller issues including compatibility issues with Google Web Fonts.
Pale Moon 26.3.2 was released on June 27, 2016. It fixes two issues, one on Windows 8 the other on Windows 10. Additionally, the portable version was switched to a non-compressed binary format to avoid issues with antivirus and security software.
Pale Moon 26.3.3 was released on July 1, 2016. It fixes an issue on Windows 10 that could cause text to be white on white, and another issue where news feed would not show up when embedded on web pages.
Also, removed a security policy directive that was causing issues on some sites.
Pale Moon 26.4.0 was released on August 17, 2016. The new release removes Google Search as a bundled search provider. Pale Moon users may still add it to the browser if they want to use Google Search.
The release features some component updates, crash fixes, and security fixes on top of that.
A Linux-only release that uses GStreamer for video support to prevent crashes when playing some HTML5 videos.
The new version fixes two security issues and fixes some bugs. It fixes a crash in the XSS filter among other things.
Pale Moon 26.5.0 was released on September 28, 2016. The release fixes several security issues in Pale Moon, hardens the browser's security in several ways, and several other fixes. Particularly, it adds a breaking Content Security Policy change.
when a page with CSP is loaded over http, Pale Moon now interprets CSP directives to also include https versions of the hosts listed in CSP if a scheme (http/https) isn't explicitly listed. This breaks with CSP 1.0 which is more restrictive and doesn't allow this cross-protocol access, but is in line with CSP 2 where this is allowed.
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