Originally Posted by satrow
Pale Moon began moving away from Firefox quite some time ago (FX 4?), as has Waterfox over the last 7-8 months (FX 9?).
Depends what you consider moving away. Pale Moon has started drastically to move away and completely redo the code and features starting with version 12. Here's what the developer said:
"Pale Moon 12 sees the start of a different release cycle for Pale Moon because honestly, I'm sick and tired of the 6 week carousel forcing me to start from scratch because code merges fail with lumped-together patches (as became clear with Pale Moon 9). You'll have to stop thinking in terms of PM 13 and 14, considering a stable base in PM12 will see incremental implementations of relevant bugfixes on it, similar to 9.2 in lieu of 10, before. Pale Moon's development will become more independent of the staged release cycles @Mozilla from here on out."
Starting around version 13 of Firefox, Pale Moon announced some of the major changes that would be done. Here's the link:
The next version of Pale Moon will be entirely changed. Here's the link:
Waterfox hasn't in a major way moved away from Firefox. Everything remains the same except for the optimizing that's done. Features and settings remain faithfully true to Firefox and aren't changed. This makes Waterfox very stable and compatible for a 64bit build. Pale Moon is more like an entirely new browser. Personally, the direction Pale Moon is taking is aggressive but very interesting. I don't agree with some changes but other changes (even if introduced in a beta) is welcomed if deemed stable enough by the developer for a Pale Moon release.
Overall, Waterfox stays true to Firefox. Compare Waterfox and Firefox, there's no difference except for the branding and 64bit optimizations. Disabling debug, crashreporter, etc. in mozconfig are minor and not used by the average user so I don't consider that moving away from Firefox. That's a good thing and that's what makes Waterfox great. Anyway, that's my 2¢.Edited by djkilla - 6/20/12 at 3:49pm