Pale Moon 12.0 released!

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Pale Moon 12.0 released!

Unread post by Moonchild » 2012-04-30, 10:02

Pale Moon 12.0 has been released! This includes the Desktop and Portable, 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Release notes:

A new release built on the Firefox 12 code base. This is mostly a maintenance release.
Of special interest is that Pale Moon, unlike Mozilla Firefox in its version 12, does not move to a silent install method.

Fixes and changes in all versions:

  • A number of security and stability fixes imported from Firefox 12
  • Update to the status bar code and a finalization of the integration of this functionality
  • Localization of the status bar preferences and messages into 3 additional common languages: German, French and Spanish. This will automatically follow your locale setting
  • Update to the HTML5 media controls
  • Some under-the-hood changes that will further improve performance of Pale Moon on some systems

Pale Moon Portable:

[*]An update to the launcher and script. More information on the Pale Moon Portable page. It is recommended for everyone using the portable to make a fresh install (with a copy over of your profile files if desired) and not use an in-place upgrade.
[*]A fix for backups not being properly created and stored
It is recommended that you create a new portable install with this version, and if desired copy over your old profile folder (under \user) to the new installation. In-place upgrade is not recommended at this time.

This version marks the start of a different release schedule for Pale Moon.

Instead of following the rapid release schedule of Mozilla, the browser will use version 12, a properly matured build with essential functionality, as a base to make incremental updates upon.

The reasons for this are multiple, not in the least it will allow Pale Moon to implement things that have been on the "to-do" list for a while but which have been pushed back because of lack of time "keeping up" with the (too) fast releases of new versions by Mozilla. The rapid releases often little more than maintenance updates and one or two new features (sometimes even just partially implemented), but requiring a full development/testing cycle for Pale Moon because of the lumped-together patches. Another reason is that from this point on, Firefox will receive a few user interface overhauls to go off on the "Web OS"/"Metro"/"Desktop integration" tangent that goes against Pale Moon's goals of being and remaining a web browser.
Improving Mozilla code: You know you're on the right track with code changes when you spend the majority of your time deleting code.

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