The developers of the Pale Moon web browser have released version 27.6.0 to the public. The new version of Pale Moon is a major development update according to the release notes.
You can run a manual check for updates in the browser with a click on Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon > Check for Updates. You can then download and install the update using the internal update mechanism.
Downloads are also provided on the official project website. Simply run the installer to update any installation of Pale Moon on the target system. There is also a portable version for users who don't want to install the browser.
The new version of Pale Moon is a development and security release. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may notice that (some) fonts may look different after the update to Pale Moon 27.6.0. This is caused by the dropping of support for Direct2D 1.0 to prevent font rendering issues in the browser.
Windows 7 users may install the Platform Update for Windows 7 to re-enable support for Direct2D.
Pale Moon does not support WebExtensions. Users of the browser who tried to install WebExtensions in the past received "extension is corrupt" errors. The browser displays a notification now that is easier to understand.
It reads "This add-on could not be installed because Pale Moon does not support WebExtensions". This makes it clearer to users, and avoid situations that leave users puzzled when extensions install fine in Firefox but are not installed in Pale Moon due to corruption.
Proxy users find a new option in the connection options. The new "use proxy to perform DNS queries (SOCKS v5 only)" option might come in handy as it may prevent DNS leaks.
Other changes of importance in Pale Moon 27.6.0 are the use of the new automatic update infrastructure, Brotli HTTP support, updates to various libraries used by the browser, and lots of behind-the-scenes improvements and fixes.
Changes were made to security and privacy related functionality. The developers removed "stale entries" from the HSTS preload list, and added an option to clear site connectivity data when deleting the browsing history.
Pale Moon 27.6.1 was released on November 15, 2017. It is a small bug fix release that addresses the following issues:
Pale Moon 27.6.2 was released on November 28, 2017. It is a security and bug fix release.
You can check out the full release notes here.Advertisement
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