How to Transition from Mozilla Firefox to Pale Moon
So Mr T. Beale (who was kind enough to send me one of his excellent novels, which I have yet to finish reading) has written extensively about this politically-correct Mozilla nonsense, and has also offered a solution: install a new, friendly, and identical, web-browser called Pale Moon.
It’s ironic, ain’t it? A company which prides itself on being the “most secure, most private” browser, fires a man – their CEO Brendan Erich – because of leaked documents from your friends at the IRS (not technically illegal, but mildly creepy, nonetheless). I don’t have much to add to Beagle’s commentary, however I ran into some problems with the transition from Firefox to the Pale Moon web-browser, so I figured I’d offer some technical advice on how you can easily transition the two, if the automated tool doesn’t work for you (I blame you, Windows 8).
I ran into problems due to permissions privileges, and it repeatedly failed. If you run into this problem, simply do the following; ALL of your settings will be transferred – plugins, permissions, history, “tabs currently open” (getting close to 150 in my case), logins, you name it:
1. Go to: “C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla”
2. Copy all 3 directories.
3. Go to: “C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions”
4. Paste all files – select “Overwrite All”.
5. Notice that where there were first 3 items, there are now four: two folders, “Extensions” and “Plugins”, in addition to “Firefox” and “Pale Moon”. You need to copy the contents of the “Firefox” folder into the “Pale Moon” folder.
6. Go into “C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Firefox” Select the “Profiles” folder and the “profiles.cfg” config file.
7. Copy them.
8. Go to “C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon”
9. Paste the two files.
10. Delete the “Firefox” folder, now that the files are copied.
Do the following and you will have the exact same setup in Pale Moon as you presently do in Firefox, more-or-less. I had two issues:
1. Smooth Scroling for PgDn was disabled – this was easy to fix in the options menu (I recommend values of 50-200 ms).
2. The dark style was disabled, and the bookmarks/history tab is lit up in an ugly pale-blue colour which I find remarkably offensive. Yet to be solved.
If you have multiple user accounts on your computer, make sure you do this with the Admin first, and it may need repeating with the other accounts. I hope this helps. Power to the people, and all of that nonsense.