Software Update: Pale Moon 9.0.1

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Version 9 of Pale Moon has been released. This web browser uses the source code of Mozilla Firefox, but is optimized for modern hardware. The Windows version of Mozilla Firefox is developed with the greatest possible compatibility in mind. Partly due to concessions to older hardware, the browser is not as fast as it could be, according to Pale Moon creator Moonchild Productions.

Pale Moon is functionally almost identical to Mozilla Firefox, but does not support older processors. Some things have also been omitted, including ‘Accessibility features’ and ‘Parental controls’. The result is a browser that could be up to 25 percent better to perform. More information about the program can here are being found. The program uses its own profile folder and does not share it with Firefox, making it possible to use the two side by side.

Release notes for version 9

  • An update incorporating the Firefox 9.0.1 code base.
  • Under the hood changes and improvements to the way memory is handled by the Javascript engine.
  • WebGL has been changed to use ANGLE by default instead of using native OpenGL to give better performance on a number of systems that would otherwise suffer from high CPU usage and lower frame rates.
  • Change in compiler: from this point on, Visual Studio 2010 will be used for all “next gen” builds.
  • Build environment changed to cater to the ever-growing XUL dll size without having to compromise on what modules to optimize. (Prevent running into the 3GB address space limit)
  • DNS prefetching disabled by default to prevent router hangups
  • Changes to timings for UI script execution and content script execution to prevent unnecessary dialog popups about unresponsive scripts.
  • Some image decoding tweaks.
  • Eye candy: animated preferences dialog (resize when switching category).

Version number 9.0.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website Moonchild Productions
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License type Freeware
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