Pale Moon development will see a course direction in 2022 according to a new post by project owner Moonchild on the official Pale Moon forum. Pale Moon, an open source web browser that started as a fork of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, is based on the Goanna rendering engine and the Unified XUL Platform (UXP).
The decision was based on the results of a November 2021 survey, feedback and other considerations. The survey asked users of the browser to select what they wanted from the Pale Moon project. Options included matching Google Chrome 100%, being a Firefox clone but without the Telemetry and data gathering, a browser that supported classic Firefox extensions, or to focus on what Pale Moon always aimed for. The last two options received 39% and 34% of all votes in the survey.
Other considerations included the following main points:
- Pale Moon’s extension ecosystem was struggling due to a lack of participation.
- The user base is relatively small.
- The project does not have enough core developers.
- Users are struggling with web compatibility issues and extension compatibility issues.
Based on these findings, Moonchild announced plans to change the direction of development. The following changes are mentioned in the announcement:
- Restoration of FUEL to improve extension compatibility.
- Restoration of the Firefox GUID to improve extension compatibility.
With these two in place, the development team can focus on improving the web browser’s compatibility and tackle major compatibility issues. These changes will take time but should improve compatibility significantly.
Basilisk browser may be discontinued as a consequence, or it may be split off. The decision has not been made in this regard yet.
Now You: do you use Pale Moon? What is your take on the decision?