Pale Moon 28.3.0, a new version of the desktop web browser, was released on January 15, 2019. The new Pale Moon version is a major release; it includes security fixes and protective features, support for new features such as AV1 for video playback, and bugfixes.
Existing users may use the built-in update check to download and install the new version. Just select Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon, and click on Check for Updates to run a check for new versions.
Pale Moon 28.3.0 should be returned so that it can be downloaded and installed on the system. The new version is available as a direct download on the project's website as well; users who run the portable version find its download listed there as well.
Pale Moon 28.3.0 is a big release. It introduces new features and important fixes. The new version supports the codec Av1 for MP4/MSE videos. Support is disabled by default, however. Pale Moon users need to flip the preference media.av1.enabled on about:config to true to enable the codec.
The team notes that the implementation has poor performance on resolutions of 720p and up.
Another new feature displays sound indicators next to tabs and supports the toggling of sound with a click on these indicators.
Pale Moon users who don't want this, for instance when they are using an extension for it, may set browser.tabs.showAudioPlayingIcon to False on about:config.
The third configuration-powered change enables the processing of favicons for "optimal sized display" and "removing animations". Users need to set browser.chrome.favicons.process on about:config to true to enable the feature.
The development team removed elements that are no longer required or needed. Pale Moon won't use addons.mozilla.org anymore as Mozilla removed all classic extensions from the site (Pale Moon supports classic add-ons but not WebExtensions).
The new release marks the first phase of the removal of Firefox Accounts from the browser.
Pale Moon 28.3.0 comes with a large number of fixes that address all sorts of issues that include potential resource leaks, potential crashes, and an update that resolves Dropbox login issues.
The update introduces Defense in Depth protections that protect against potentially exploitable issues, security updates, and library updates.
Pale Moon still being updated regularly is a good thing for users of the browser. The team released Basilisk in 2017 and an update in 2018. It remains to be seen how things will progress in 2019 for the two browsers.
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