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Palemoon is a packet of Firefox optimized for Windows. It runs ~25% faster! You can import all your settings, including extensions, from Firefox.
Available languages: several
Operating systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven, 32-bit or 64-bit
My opinion: This is a great browser. I installed the portable version, and am using it right now. How I moved my settings and extensions from Firefox (LiberKey) to Palemoon:
All my extensions seem to work perfectly in Palemoon, including FasterFox, LastPass, etc. The only things I needed to manually do were:
Download page:http://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-portable.shtml (portable version)
Never heard of PaleMoon before, so I checked it out. First I tried to read about it, and found a discussion on Portable Apps, where the app was dismissed because it was not being updated (Jan. 2010).
So I went to the website of PaleMoon, and discovered the app is up-to-date again, and is following the stable firefox updates closely (within a day), so that's a plus.
After reading everything the author has to say about PaleMoon (he's sometimes bitter towards Mozilla), I still had some issues:
- will this optimized app suit me as a portable browser if it won't do any good on an old machine (like at work)?
- how can I port my full profile (addons, plugins, scripts, preferences) to the portable PaleMoon (author says it can't be done with his Profile Migration Tool, I tried and he's right).
I checked our machines at work, and luckily the hardware will do (pfew, we're not that ancient I thought we were). But it is something you really have to check before installing (I know I do, but most won't and just install software that says "I'm faster!"), you can check it here: http://www.palemoon.org/technical.shtml#CPUsupport
Then the profile migration: I didn't want to go the copy-paste route he suggested when the migration tool fails (will certainly fail with migrating to portable PaleMoon profile), so I tried if MozBackup works, and it did After a first run (to create a default profile) I closed PaleMoon and opened MozBackup. Directed the backup (of another FF profile) to the PaleMoon installation, in my case the path was: ...\Palemoon-Portable-3.6.15\User\Palemoon\Profiles\Default et voila! To complete my portable installation I copied some plugins (like Flash, see instructions here: http://portableapps.com/support/firefox ... le#plugins) to the plugins folder in PaleMoon (...\Palemoon-Portable-3.6.15\Bin\Palemoon\plugins).
The Palemoon optimized Firefox browser is running smoothly, and it is/seems faster on my machines, but I don't know if it's a hasslefree portable app for everyone, one must know it's an optimization and why/when to use it or not.
I won't be dissapointed if it isn't going to be presented in the LiberKey suite. Thanks anyway for the tip!
There are two ways. One is to use MozBackup. And the other is to use the FEBE extension.
I did it with FEBE:
Also, Palemoon seems to be very up to date nowadays.
FEBE is a very nice addon, and it was very useful to me when I wanted to transfer a simple profile from windows to mac But I didn't get lucky with a much-tweaked profile, so for my use MozBackup works great.
One remark using MozBackup with PaleMoon:
I've noticed when restoring a PaleMoon profile into another installation, to -in my example- a new default Firefox profile: if "General Settings" is checked, the location of my (default) cache* was changed to the PaleMoon one (very unconvenient).
However, this can be solved:
Before backing up a PaleMoon profile, follow instructions at "Advanced options**" (end of this page: http://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-portable.shtml) and change (edit .ini) to preferred (default) cache location.
* I'don't know if FEBE exports those kinds of settings
** [tip] The advanced options are also useful to get a better performance when the portable version is run from a harddisk
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