What is Pale Moon?
Pale Moon is currently the main browser that I am using. It is a fork off of Mozilla Firefox designed primarily for performance reasons. It is a great browser because it addresses most of the complaints of Firefox, while improving stability and day to day perceived performance. So far the only drawback that I have seen is that not all of the add-ons of Firefox are compatible, but even then most are.
I’ve been disappointed at the direction that Firefox has been moving and that has led me to search for alternatives, of which Pale Moon is probably the best. It may be diverging though from Firefox even more. See here for details.
One challenge that I am having with Linux Mint is that there are no repos for Linux Mint, so keeping Pale Moon up to date is a pain. The installer that is on the Pale Moon website can work as an updating tool. Here is the link for the Pale Moon Installer.
You may also be able to use the repositories for Debian and Ubuntu (Linux Mint should be able to use Ubuntu’s repos as well).
A problem and the manual solution
However, if you experience difficulties with Pale Moon’s installer, there is a solution, but it requires a bit of work and some technical skill. You’ll need to open up a Terminal and type in the following:
rm -rf /opt/palemoon
This will remove Pale Moon from the Opt folder, from which it is installed.
From there, you just need to get the latest version. I strongly recommend that you use a 64 bit browser for security reasons.
tar -xjvf palemoon-26.5.0.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
sudo rm -rf /opt/palemoon*
sudo mv palemoon /opt/palemoon
sudo ln -sf /opt/palemoon/palemoon /usr/bin/palemoon
You will need the superuser in order to get this working. Be sure to change the version number (in bold) to the latest version so that you get the latest version when downloading. This can also get you a clean install of Pale Moon.
Uninstalling Pale Moon
If you do find something has been broken and you need to uninstall, type the following in:
rm /home/*/.local/share/applications/userapp-Pale\ Moon-*.desktop /home/*/.local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache
You may need to type in the following for Debian based distros:
update-alternatives --remove gnome-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon
update-alternatives --remove x-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon
Then after that, you need to remove the Pale Moon based user files:
rm -rf /usr/bin/palemoon /opt/palemoon /usr/share/applications/palemoon.desktop /usr/share/icons/hicolor/*/apps/palemoon.png
Be sure to have a backup of your Profiles and any addons, as this will delete your user profiles.
The way forward
I am hoping that there is a way to update Pale Moon automatically and ideally, if it is possible, to add Pale Moon onto the Linux Mint repos. Pale Moon is gaining in popularity and Linux Mint is amongst the most popular of Linux distros, if not the most popular of distros.
This will save time and energy for future Pale Moon Linux users and hopefully increase adoption.