Freebie Fridays! PaleMoon Browser.

By | September 8, 2017

Mozilla Firfefox is out of control. It typically consumes between 2 and 4 GIGS of memory on any one of my systems. From what I’ve read, this seems to be a known issue occurring in proportion to uptime and resulting from memory leaks. In one of the threads I read, the PaleMoon browser is a desirable alternative to the once much favored Firefox.

Power users have attributed Firefox’s failing memory issues to an insistence on support for legacy hardware. While this is often admirable, it seems to be undermining Firefox’s viability as a modern browser. The ideal solution would be to fork Mozilla Firefox into separate versions; one that supports legacy hardware and one that supports current hardware. Essentially, the PaleMoon browser is the latter, but wouldn’t it be great if there was an official Mozilla Firefox version for current hardware? Wouldn’t it be great if current hardware received the lion’s share of development resources and 20 year old hardware had to go begging? Much of this is forum scuttlebutt, but currently it seems to be the other way ’round.

The PaleMoon page describes the browser as “an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and ease of use.” You can download PaleMoon here for free, but as usual, I encourage you to donate if you can:

The PaleMoon browser.

The PaleMoon browser.

PaleMoon looks to be the go-to browser for eliminating Firefox’s faulty memory issues. From Wikipedia: “In a 2016 browser comparison test by Ghacks, Pale Moon had the smallest memory footprint after opening 10 different websites in separate tabs.[29] However, in the same report Pale Moon scored the worst in the Mozilla Kraken, Google Octane, 32-bit RoboHornet and second-to-worst 64-bit RoboHornet benchmarks and hung during the JetStream JavaScript benchmark.[29] Since I’m not familiar with Kraken or RoboHornet or Jetstream, those performance ratings are of little concern to me right now. What I do know is that I need a browser with a smaller memory footprint and the PaleMoon browser has the smallest feet of all.

I’ve recently installed the PaleMoon browser and will be doing my best to ween myself off of Firefox in the upcoming weeks. Check back on Throwback Thursdays (or possibly Scrutiny Saturdays) for a report on PaleMoon’s long term viability. In particular I’ll be looking at PaleMoon’s plugin compatibility.

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