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M12/MX 14 Community Repo: The Pale Moon Browser Thread

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M12/MX 14 Community Repo: The Pale Moon Browser Thread

#1 Post by Stevo » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:42 pm

We have the latest 25.2.1 in the test repo.

Pale Moon is a modified, leaner, meaner version of the Mozilla Firefox browser. It's based on the Firefox 24 code, so it does not have the new interface that many don't like, and features they don't think get much use are cut out, such as webrtc, parental control, etc. It's meaner in the sense that it won't run on old machines without SSE2 support.

You'll have to install any Mozilla extensions you use, as it won't pick up ones that Firefox uses, but it will use the system plugins, such as Flash, gecko-mediaplayer, or pipelight.

This package was rebuilt from the source code in a PPA, so it's not a static binary like our Firefox packages.
Main features:

Optimized for modern processors
Safe: forked from Firefox and regularly updated.
Supported by a friendly, active community of users
Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface (no Australis!)
Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing
Increased stability: experience fewer browser crashes
Support for many Firefox extensions (add-ons) and themes
New: support for Pale Moon exclusive extensions and themes
Extensive and growing support for HTML5 and CSS3
Many customization and configuration options
Able to import existing Firefox profiles with the migration tool
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#2 Post by eemaestro » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:45 pm

How does it compare to Iceweasal 31.5.0? What is SSE2 support? What is PPA ?

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#3 Post by Stevo » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:56 pm

eemaestro wrote:How does it compare to Iceweasal 31.5.0? What is SSE2 support? What is PPA ?

Google and wikipedia are your friends in this case. PPA is a personal Ubuntu repository.

A review of their Linux binary: https://noctslackv1.wordpress.com/2014/ ... -a-review/

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#4 Post by kmathern » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:00 pm

eemaestro wrote:...What is SSE2 support? ...
See this wikipedia article for some background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSE2

There are some 32bit cpus that don't support SSE2, but as far as I know all 64bit cpus do support SSE2.

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#5 Post by Stevo » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:12 pm

I also think the machine has to be over ten years old, at least, to not have SSE2 support.

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#6 Post by duane » Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:13 pm

I see in their forums that someone has created a wrapper that lets it use Pepper flash instead of Adobe.

I wonder if that will catch on?
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#7 Post by Stevo » Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:36 pm

duane wrote:I see in their forums that someone has created a wrapper that lets it use Pepper flash instead of Adobe.

I wonder if that will catch on?
We have it in the MEPIS test community repo, it's called "freshplayer-plugin". It should work with all the browsers that use the Mozilla type NPAPI plugins.

It works pretty well, once in a while I get a message that the plugin has crashed, but I just hit the reload button in the error message and it works.

Pepperflash in Linux, even in Chrome, does not support the Flash DRM, so you won't be able to watch anything that uses that.

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#8 Post by Stevo » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:02 pm

I built and uploaded 25.3, which has quite a few improvements, but today came 25.3.1, which fixes a nasty security hole.

So that's compiling away in the background.

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#9 Post by Stevo » Tue May 19, 2015 7:21 pm

The PPA still has only 2.5.3.1, but we now have 2.5.4.1 in the test repo. Check out the Pale Moon release note page for the hefty list of changes.

It turned out that Pale Moon was releasing the source in a 7z file archive, and that does not preserve *nix file permissions, so none of the internal scripts and makefiles were executable, making it unbuildable. Getting the source from Github solved that, but the internal "About" for the program will list it as 25.5.5a1.

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#10 Post by lucky9 » Wed May 20, 2015 12:04 pm

Opens and runs fine here. It did not import all of my settings from Chrome (it did not find or at least offer to do so for Firebird which is my default Browser).
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