The Firefox browser is popular with many geeks and nerds, particularly with Linux operating systems. It is very competent and has numerous useful Add-ons and actually ranks number 4 in desktop browsers.

As with everything that is even modestly successful there are quite a number of other browsers that are based on either classic Firefox or the current version. Herein are a few of them.


For a fork based on classical Firefox, there is the PaleMoon browser.

Here are the main features from the website.

Main features:

  • Optimized for modern processors
  • Based on our own optimized layout and rendering engine, Goanna™
  • Safe: forked from mature Mozilla platform code and regularly updated with the latest security patches
  • Secure: Additional security features and security-aware development
  • Extensible with a growing number of maintained XUL browser extensions
  • Supported by our user community, and fully non-profit
  • Privacy-aware: zero ads; no telemetry, spyware or data gathering
  • Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface
  • Support for full themes: total freedom for any element’s design
  • Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing
  • Superior gradients and fonts compared to other rendering engines
  • Will continue to support NPAPI plugins like Silverlight, Adobe Flash and Java
  • Extensive and growing support for existing web standards

If you liked the pre-Quantum version of Firefox, this one may interest you.


For a modern Firefox derivative that is more privacy and security minded, Waterfox is also worth looking into. Some of the telemetry gathered by Firefox has been removed and privacy features increased. I’m not sure if it is any faster than Firefox but just wanted to mention it for those who are regular Firefox users, so they can compare the two.

Another browser based on Firefox is LibreWolf and it compares similarly to WaterFox. Again, they are pushing for additional security and privacy.

It will take spending more time with these browsers to see if they have good enough reasons to move from Firefox.

By Michael Todd

An IT Professional with over 30 years of experience with PC setup & troubleshooting, programming, consulting and the use of the most popular business applications. This is all about making the technology do the most for you, so you have more time to enjoy life.

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