Time once again for Adi’s Pick of The Week. Each week I try and pick one piece of hardware or software that I like or something that you should at least check out.
Normally a web browser might sound like something that is boring. After all the web browser space is quite crowded already. However, my pick of the week comes by way of a recommendation by a reader called Honda, so I would like to give a big Adi’s Tech Site shout out to him.
He recommended that I check out a web browser called Pale Moon. Some of you might be familiar with a web browser Mozilla Firefox. This is heavily based on Firefox, but a lot of features like Firefox Hello, Pocket and many others have been removed. I have been using it for about 5 days now and I have to say that I am impressed.
I have been using it on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and in my testing it is very fast. I was able to load up web pages a bit quicker than in Google Chrome or Firefox. It is the same web browsing experience that you are used to with Mozilla Firefox. With that being said this was the case on my smartphone so your experience might be different.
On the desktop side the story is slightly different. At the time of writing I am using version 26 of Pale Moon. It looks a lot like an older version of Firefox and it still is a lot quicker. You can definitely feel the speed. Again, I have been using it as my only web browser for 5 days and I was definitely impressed by the speed. Pages generally loaded up a lot quicker. As pale moon is based on Firefox you can still download your favourite Firefox extensions such as Lastpass and Evernote, you can even customise Pale moon with your favourite themes as well. Of course, Facebook, Twitter both work inside of Pale Moon, so does Gmail.
There are of course some drawbacks. You have to click on a tab then click on the x on the right hand-side of the tab. You can’t just simply hover your mouse over the tab and click on the x. In my testing the only other real flaw that I found was to do with YouTube’s new HTML5 player which was rolled out last year. In my testing, I could get videos to play in 720p HD, but not 1080p or even 60 frames per second. With that being said Pale Moon is constantly being updated so that might change soon.
There is a Mac version in development at the moment. You can download an unofficial release right here. I have been writing this article inside of Pale Moon on the mac and there are definitely a few bugs. Youtube will only work if you have the Flash Player installed (so no HTML5 right now). I was trying to write this article and the Mac version crashed. With that being said Facebook, Twitter and Gmail all work inside of Pale Moon on the mac. In any case it is still quite buggy so I would recommend staying away from the Mac version until the official mac version comes out.
I would definitely recommend giving Pale Moon a try at the least. Sure, some websites might not work and it might have it’s nuances(like HTML5 video). All things considered I think it’s a web browser that has potential.
Have you used Pale Moon? What were your experiences like?
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