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MX 15 Repository: The palemoon thread

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Re: MX 15 Repository: The palemoon thread

#241 Post by Stevo » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:20 pm

The major milestone release of Pale Moon 28.0.0 is now in our main repository.
SpiderMonkey update: The JavaScript engine has received a major upgrade and now supports all landmark features from the ECMAScript standards as carried by mainstream browsers. This should put an end to the increasing JavaScript issues we've seen due to web frameworks not being browser-agnostic in that respect, or the browser not supporting what websites expect.

Goanna update: The layout and rendering engine (Goanna) has been updated to its 4th generation (version 4.*) which brings with it improved compatibility with "trendy" CSS styling techniques that build on a few very specific features (e.g. CSS Grid). Goanna continues to build on tried-and-tested software fallbacks in case hardware acceleration can't be used, and Linux remote desktop users can continue to leverage xrender for speedy remote screen updates in Pale Moon.

DOM enhancements: Enhancements in the Document Object Model provides websites with updated APIs to perform their tasks. (e.g. Fetch, WebAnimations, WebCrypto, HTML Input Element Extensions, etc.)

Media enhancements: Our media back-end update is, for all intents and purposes, complete. MSE media streaming (for MP4) should be compatible with all major players on the market now. MSE for WebM is still disabled by default due to some compatibility issues that need to be examined, but you may enable this in preferences to e.g. allow 4k video playback on some sites that only offer UHD in WebM format. We now also support playback of FLAC-encoded audio.

New: WebGL2 support! Pale Moon now supports the WebGL2 standard for enhanced graphical experiences in 2D and 3D.

Devtools have been given a refresh. Just in case you thought they weren't extensive enough yet, some new categories have been added to inspect and manipulate all aspects of web content.

Updates to the login manager: Login credentials can now be stored specifically with or without a user name, and selected individually. This is a behavior change from previous, and clicking a password field can now pop-up a selection list of user names for which passwords are stored (if multiple credentials are saved). Clicking the appropriate login name (or date-stamped version if no name is present) will fill in the accompanying password.

What might be more important for people worrying about upgrading to this milestone is what hasn't changed.

We continue to support NPAPI plugins.
We continue to support complete themes as well as lightweight themes.
We continue to offer a fully customizable interface like before. Australis (like seen in Basilisk) is not used.
We continue to support XUL overlay, bootstrapped and (deprecated) Jetpack extensions (collectively called "legacy extensions" by Mozilla).
We do not include any DRM in the browser (people needing this can use e.g. the Silverlight plugin to play protected content), even though the platform we build on supports it.

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Re: MX 15 Repository: The palemoon thread

#242 Post by Stevo » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:16 pm

The Pale Moon 28.0.1 update has landed in the main repository!
This is a bugfix point release to address serious performance bottlenecks and general run-time issues (UI slowness, crashes, hangs) with the browser. Once again this impacted 32-bit operating systems more severely than 64-bit ones due to its more limited address space that would get flooded with bogus data.


Backed out a Mozilla upstream patch causing issues with IPC and texture allocation for the compositor.
Backed out a Mozilla upstream patch causing issues with Javascript memory buffer allocation.

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Re: MX 15 Repository: The palemoon thread

#243 Post by Richard » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:49 am

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Re: MX 15 Repository: The palemoon thread

#244 Post by Stevo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:14 pm

We now have a major upgrade to Pale Moon 28.1.0 in the main repository. Changes include:

- Updated NSS to 3.38, removed TLS 1.3 draft version check since it's
considered final.
- Reinstated RC4 as an optional encryption cypher for non-standard
environments (e.g. old routing/peripheral networked hardware on LAN). RC4
and 3DES are marked weak and disabled, and will never be used in the first
handshake with a site, only as last-ditch fallback when specifically
enabled (meaning they won't show up on ssllabs' test, for example).
- Removed Telemetry accumulation calls, automatic timers and stopwatches.
This removes a very noticeable performance sink for all operations on all
- Fixed many occurrences of discouraged types of memory access for primarily
GCC 8 compatibility. This improves overall code security as a
defense-in-depth measure.
- Re-implemented the pref-controlled custom background color for
standalone images.
- Updated session history handling for internal pages. about:logopage is no
longer stored in history, and you can choose to store the QuickDial page in
history by setting the pref browser.newtabpage.add_to_session_history to
true. This is disabled by default (meaning you can't use the "Back" button
to go back to the QuickDial page) as a defense-in-depth security measure.
- Added ui.menu.allow_content_scroll to control whether content can be
scrolled if a context menu is open.
- Fixed incorrect code removal in ipc.
- Removed support for TLS session caches in TLSServerSocket.
- Added support for local-ref as SVG xlink:href values.
- Changed the find bar to be a browser-global toolbar again (like in Pale
Moon 27) instead of per-tab. For people who prefer search terms to be
saved on a per-tab basis (like with the per-tab findbar previously), this
is possible by setting findbar.termPerTab to true. This resolves a number
of issues, including styling with lightweight themes not applying to the
find bar, and status pop-ups overlapping the find bar.
- Ported all relevant security fixes from Mozilla's Gecko/62 release,
including CVE-2018-12377 and CVE-2018-12379.
- Restored part of the searchplugin API that was removed by Mozilla, so
extensions can provide and save edits to installed search engines.
- Improved the speed of restoring browsing sessions upon startup.
- Fixed the "Restore previous session" button sometimes being missing from
about:home, while a restorable session would be present.
- Fixed tab previews in the Windows taskbar (if enabled).
- Fixed the setting of the new tab page being "My Home Page" so it'll pick up
subsequent changes to the home page URL automatically.
- Removed the Firefox Accounts migrator from Sync.
- Fixed an issue with the enabled state of number controls if appearances
- Stopped building ffvpx on 32-bit platforms (except Windows) to use the
(faster) system-installed lib instead.
- Re-added a horizontal scroll action option for mouse wheel. (regression)
- Fixed handling of content language if the locale is changed.
- Fixed document navigation with the F6 key.
- Fixed toolbar styling in toolkit themes.
- Fixed viewing the source of a selection.

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