The browsers have been doubled

As an experiment, I’ve replaced my normal browser with Folger’s Crystals Pale Moon 24.4.2, which takes what was good about Mozilla’s Firefox and replaces that which was not so good (constant memory leaks, constant interface revisions, the need to support really old hardware, and for some, minor political considerations). So far, it’s pretty impressive; there’s a 64-bit version which I could have installed, but didn’t, not being entirely sure what might happen if I did.

Bill Quick definitely likes it:

I wish I’d known about Pale Moon long ago. It does everything Firefox did, with pretty much the identical user interface, but much faster and with less memory use — in fact, that awful FF memory leak issue seems to be gone in Pale Moon. I’m sold!

Interestingly, the user-agent string contains both names:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20140329 Firefox/24.0 PaleMoon/24.4.2

You’ll recall that “NT 6.1,” for reasons known but to Microsoft, is Windows 7.

And the Status-4-Evar addon, in my view mandatory for Firefox once they killed the status bar (circa version 4), is superfluous with Pale Moon. Imagine that.

Hint: If you’re planning to switch from Firefox to Pale Moon, first run the installer, don’t run the importer, and with neither browser running, run Pale Moon’s separate profile-migration tool.


  1. Dan Tobias »

    7 April 2014 · 9:25 pm

    Browser user agent strings have been a mess ever since the ’90s “browser wars”, with pretty much every browser pretending to be several other things to get around “browser sniffers”. I have some more info in my site:

  2. CGHill »

    7 April 2014 · 9:32 pm

    Yep. It’s a jungle out there, and everyone’s selling plant food.

  3. Dick Stanley »

    8 April 2014 · 3:57 am

    I use Chrome and, with a few add-ons, like it fine. Keep IE around for my few subscriber sites that need it to run videos. I used Firefox for years until it kept hanging up on me. I got rid of it. Still use its email program, though.

  4. McGehee »

    8 April 2014 · 9:29 am

    I’m using Chrome on my phone but on Windows I’m fast remembering why I hadn’t adopted it before.

    I have Cyberfox on my Windows boxes but its update system is clunky and the last few automatically downloaded updates failed to install so I had to go get them manually. They’re also warning about an upcoming fork that will require users to set up new profiles because the existing ones won’t work in Cyberfox anymore.

    Guess I’ll look into Blue Moon…

  5. McGehee »

    8 April 2014 · 9:41 am

    Er, Pale Moon. It’s a little early in the morning for ale…

  6. fillyjonk »

    8 April 2014 · 9:52 am

    As Jimmy Buffet says, it’s always 5:00 somewhere…..(it’s currently close in Copenhagen…)

  7. McGehee »

    9 April 2014 · 9:10 am


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