When comparing Waterfox vs Pale Moon, the Slant community recommends Pale Moon for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop web browsers?” Pale Moon is ranked 2nd while Waterfox is ranked 11th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Works with Firefox addons
Firefox 56 add-ons compatibility, including unsigned XUL extensions and complete themes.
Pro Offers excellent privacy
Does not phone home.
Even faster than firefox
Pro Works with major streaming services
Includes widevine plugin and suitable user agent for viewing major streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video.
Pro Never ever freezes
Pro Extremely customizable
It has almost every setting imaginable.
Pro Less bloated than Firefox
Pocket, telemetry, data collection, startup profiling is removed.
Pro Multiple add-on support
Pro Designed for usability, not the shiny new things
Pro Has its own add-on ecosystem, built on time-tested technologies such as XUL (plus JS and CSS) and XPCOM
"Classic" Firefox add-ons can work, but they are not supported and should be updated or forked to become a Pale Moon add-on.
Pro Light on resources, although it's not its main focus
Pro Support for existing web standards
Pro Independent from Google and Mozilla
Pale Moon is an independent fork of an older version of Firefox. Therefore, it is independent from Mozilla and are not affected by their terrible decisions such as removing XUL, adding telemetry, pocket, etc.
Pro Open source
So we can verify that the browser is not spyware.
Pro Respects your privacy
Contains much less spyware than Chrome and Firefox and all of it can easily be disabled.
Pro Supports complete themes
Pale Moon supports complete themes, something which Firefox used to have before version 57.
Pro Support for GTK themes
Pale Moon supports your GTK theme while Firefox does not.
Pro Good community support
Pro Uses Goanna layout engine
Unlike most other browsers, Pale Moon uses its custom engine.
Pro Has its own library of legacy extensions
Pro Optimized for modern processors
Pro Legacy Firefox
Con Lag, lag, lag, freeze, freeze, freeze
Need to do something about it.
Con Owned by an advertising company
The same company that bought Startpage
Pale Moon lacks the sandboxing and other privacy protecting features included in latest Firefox releases.
Con Uses Goanna
It an old Gecko-fork that is developed mainly by one man.
Con Outdated rendering engine
It is an really old fork of Gecko that misses many of the newer web features.
Con Pale Moon is based on very outdated Firefox code
Con Lacks popular extensions and adblockers
It doesn't have ublock origin and umatrix.
Con Still contains some spyware
Default homepage is spyware and search suggestions and automatic updates are enabled by default.
Con Does not contain multi-process sandboxing
Con WebAssembly enabled by default
Con Android version has odd behavior
Clicking does not work.
Con Lead developer loves Cloudflare and hates Tor
Website is cloudflared and he thinks most sites should be hostile towards tor.