Adventure with Pale Moon webbrowser
Since everybody and their grandpa wants you to use the pretty useless Firefox web browser on Linux, and I refuse to do it, because it's slow, memory hungry and I don't want to reward Mozilla's leadership with another computer with Firefox.
I used Brave for a while now, and generally had a good experience, however I use dozens of tabs, and I just couldn't use the browser with a horizontal tab bar, where I can only see the favicons and nothing else.
Then I tested Microsoft's Edge browser, and it's really good I have to say, much better than Firefox or Brave, except it's proprietary and from Microsoft, so I knew I had to eventually change again.
Right now I am testing one old timer, Seamonkey, and other one I used in the past, called Pale Moon. I know it has some rough leadership issues, but the browser is at least not tied to Mozilla, even the browser engine is a fork of Gecko, and the whole base is from the days, when at least Firefox was sane.
Here is the quote from the Pale Moon website:
"Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with contributed other operating system support), focusing on efficiency and customization. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!
Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own, independently developed source that has been forked off from Firefox/Mozilla code a number of years ago, with carefully selected features and optimizations to improve the browser's stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the browser truly your own."
What's pretty awesome is that you can find many old themes, before Firefox turned to shit, like the old Netscape ones (my personal favorite), Walnut, Camino, Noia, Winstripe and many others.
The interface is solid, and the browsing feels fast. What's similarly important for me, there is an extension: Tree Style Tabs for Pale Moon - which let me use vertical tabs, and even group them! Works like a charm too, and have tons of preferences.
List of extensions I use with Pale Moon
All of these extensions can be found on the extensions page. This will probably change, so I will create a separate page for this.
- Bamboo Feed Reader: just experimenting some inside browser RSS feed reader
- BarTab Tycho: unload your unused tabs, so they don't take up resources.
- Eclipsed moon: change your useragent with this extension.
- HTTPS always: it will use HTTPS everwhere.
- Number tabs: will put number on your tabs, before the page title. Very handy when you have lots of pages open.
- Pure URL: strips lots of bullshit from your url, like "utmsource" and resolves url shorteners.
- The Good 'ol Sidebar: use your Bookmarks, History, Downloads, etc. from a sidebar! You can even put webpages there, Vivaldi style!
- Sidebar to the right: changes the above sidebar to the right.
- Tree style tabs for Pale Moon: as I mentioned above, this gives you a vertical tab bar, free up some space, and gives you the ability to group tabs.
- uBlock Origin: blocks a lots of ads, trackers and scripts on a page (by default).