The Pale Moon team released an update for the stable version of the web browser yesterday that brings the version to 27.9.0. The new version is available through the web browser's automatic update functionality and as a standalone download.
Pale Moon 27.9.0 is the last major development release of the 27.9.x branch. The development team plans to provide security and stability updates for the browser for the foreseeable future but will focus development resources on the upcoming Pale Moon 28.
The latest version of the web browser is mostly a stability release that fixes several issues that some users of Pale Moon experienced in previous releases of the web browser.
The team announced plans some time ago to migrate users from using the old Pale Moon sync server to the new sync server. Pale Moon 27.9.0 changes the sync server preference to the new server address.
We will be retiring the old pmsync.palemoon.net Sync server address shortly to remove the need for us to maintain a security certificate for it; this preference migration should automatically put everyone on the correct server address (pmsync.palemoon.org) when upgrading.
You can check which server address sync is set to use in the following way:
Pale Moon 27.9.0 comes with another beneficial feature for users who have set the browser to restore the previous browsing session on start. The change speeds up startup and prevents the homepage from being loaded when restoring sessions. Let us know in the comments if you see a noticeable improvement in this version over previous versions of the browser.
The new Pale Moon version fixes "a number of spec compliance issues" in the media subsystem, adds a "trailing slash to referrers" which fixes web compatibility issues, improves memory allocation on Windows, and enables the use of "Skia for canvas on Linux and OSX".
Pale Moon users who use Emoji functionality will notice that the team switched the embedded font from using EmojiOne (which is no longer free) to Twemoji and extended support to Unicode 10 emoji.
I suggest you check out the full release notes to read about all other fixes and improvements in the new browser release.
Now You: What's your impression of the new Pale Moon release?
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