Palemoon To “Dump” Gecko

By | July 13, 2015

Palemoon To “Dump” GeckoWhile press screams doom and gloom for Firefox, here’s a real explanation.

Not so long time ago developers behind Palemoon, a web browser based on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, have announced that they will be switching away from Mozilla’s to their own rendering engine called Goanna.
Now, before you start thinking about the PR disaster for Mozilla, it does not take rocket science to figure out that nothing actually changes. How so? Here’s a story in 60 seconds or less:

– Palemoon developers are using same version number as Firefox
– Palemoon developers have made a lot of changes to Gecko
– Palemoon developers might not exactly like the release pace of Firefox and their version numbering
– Since Palemoon developers have made a lot of changes to the Gecko rendering engine, they feel like it should not be called Gecko anymore.

That’s it, really. It’s core is still identical to the one it was before the announcement and will be the same afterwards.

Of course, we don’t mean that in a strict sense as I am sure that the upcoming Palemoon 26 release will include more changes to Gecko, but you get my point.

[Via: Palemoon]

[Thanks to Deyirn Skysand for the tip]

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. This is honestly good news.

    More rendering engines is better for the web as a whole, as long as they aim to be standards complaint nothing wrong will come out of this (except probably more work for devs, but IMO they should look forward to that).

  2. Mehran says:

    Palemoon! Is it still alive!?