Software update: Pale Moon 28.2.0




Version 28.2 of Pale Moon has been released. This web browser has started as a fork of Mozilla Firefox. Thanks to optimizations for modern hardware and the omission of Accessibility features and Parental Controls, he performed much better. A 64bit version was also available, well before Mozilla offered it itself. Since Mozilla switched to Quantum in version 57, however, there is little more that connects the two browsers.

Just before Mozilla arrived with Quantum, the Pale Moon development team once again planted the sourcetree of Firefox and added the improvements of Pale Moon. For example, there is the layout engine Goanna, a fork from Gecko, of which the fourth generation is now out. In addition, there is the Unified XUL Platform, which can be considered as a counterpart of the Chromium-based Electron . The download of Pale Moon is only in English, a separate Dutch language file is available. The release notes for this issue can be found below:

Changes / fixes:
Fixed a major performance issue with web workers.
Fixed a rare crash on local networks with HTTP basic auth and unsupported cipher suites.
Fixed a performance / timer issue when leaving the browser idle.
Fixed an issue causing an empty dialog when launching executable files from the browser.
Fixed an issue that prevents access to data for off-line use.
Removed code to prevent extensions with binary components.
Fixed an issue with common dialogs are sized incorrectly for their content.
Fixed an issue with event handling on the bar that would cause frustrating behavior when trying to open / close tabs in rapid succession.
Switched default behavior for scrolling when a context or pop-up menu is open to allow scrolling, like in v27. This also affects scrolling in very long menus, eg bookmarks.
Added experimental Asynchronous Panning and Zooming (APZ) for desktop use.
Re-enabled the use and parsing of ICC v4 color profiles.
Removed telemetry code from the caching subsystem.
Improved full-screen detection for suppressing status messages.
Made all arguments passed to Init * Event () optional except the first for parity with other browsers.
Cleaned up some internal installer code.
Fixed making caret width configurable when dealing with CJK characters (regression).
Fixed drawing or table borders consistently when zooming a page (regression).
Exposed the “Save download location per site” pref in about: config.
Improved media handling (ongoing).
Added experimental support for AV1 in WebM videos (disabled by default).
Note: this is for WebM only for now, so MP4 and MSE AV1 streams (eg YouTube) will not (yet) play.
Removed the (defunct and incomplete) in-browser translation code.
Fixed an issue with CSS Grid layouts are unnecessarily shrinking element blocks.
Fixed notification settings menu entry (opes about: permissions with relevant data now).
Fixed the launch of an undesirable background content process for capturing page thumbnails.
Fixed a focus issue in the bookmark properties dialog.
Changed the setting for reporting CSS errors to the console to false by default, to prevent unnecessary performance loss for recording this data.
Added control mechanisms for Opportunistic Encryption in both preferences and privacy issues with this transitional technology.
Updated Firefox version in Firefox Compatibility Mode to prevent “too old Firefox” complaints on websites.
Updated libnestegg, ffvpx, reader view components and various other modules from upstream.
Implemented security fixes for CVE-2018-12381, CVE-2017-7797, a better fix for CVE-2018-12386 (DiD), CVE-2018-12401 (DiD), CVE-2018-12398, CVE-2018-12392, several Skia bugs, and several crashes and memory safety hazards that do not have a CVE number.
Pale Moon 26.2.2 screenshot (620 pix)

Version number 28.2.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Moonchild Productions
License type Freeware



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