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Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:21 pm
by Alexo
I am trying to decide between Pale moon and Waterfox.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:42 am
by cbaker_admin
Personally, I have only used Pale Moon. I might give Waterfox a try someday just to see what does that other Fx clones don't.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:52 am
by Alexo
My understanding is that Waterfox will support both kinds of extensions.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:02 am
by BackerUpper
I'd suggest Pale Moon. Excellent support and information on its forum. You could also keep an eye on the development of Basilisk, which will be 'closer' to Firefox than Pale Moon, if that's what you are looking for.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:06 am
by Alexo
I prefer a browser that will support both XUL and Webextensions.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:14 am
by BackerUpper
That's not a simple task to achieve... perhaps Basilisk will do that, it's not clear. And Waterfox, it's not really clear where it's going either.

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:10 pm
by Sun42
BackerUpper wrote:That's not a simple task to achieve... perhaps Basilisk will do that, it's not clear. And Waterfox, it's not really clear where it's going either.


After Mozilla abandoning their addons, I did a lot of testing - Waterfox now has the most up-to-date code base of ff56, and it support e10s (which is no good if you have legacy extension that aren't compatible, but many are).

But Waterfox is x64 only, so to save memory on my laptop I'm now using Basilisk which doesn't support e10s, but has a x86 build, too. From all three candidates - including Pale Moon - Baislisk seems the most promiging, as I'm not sure how long the Waterfox maintainer can keep up backporting ff57+ code.

Btw Pale Moon might catch up again, that's because the more modern Basilsik is totally not the successor at all :-)

Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:53 am
by gracious1
There is no "catching up" involved. Pale Moon is a true fork, and it is going in its own direction. IIt will eventually be ported from the Mozilla platform to the Unified XUL Platform (UXP). Basilisk is not "more modern". Both are modern browsers, actively maintained, with different target audiences.

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Re: Which FF derivative is recommended?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:03 am
by gracious1
cbaker_admin wrote:Personally, I have only used Pale Moon. I might give Waterfox a try someday just to see what does that other Fx clones don't.


I have used both on Ubuntu, and I prefer Pale Moon.
Waterfox is too sluggish on my system, although not as frustratingly so as Fx (even Fx ESR).
Additionally, your description of "clone" is apt, because PM is noticeably different from all the others right off the bat with it non-Australis interface. Personally, I call it Borealis just to show how different it is from the Fx interface. But it isn't different in just UI of course.