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Basilisk - a new Firefox fork from the makers of Pale Moon

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Gingerbread Man

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Post Posted November 20th, 2017, 4:04 am

:arrow: http://www.basilisk-browser.org
Main features:
  • Full support for JavaScript's ECMAscript 6 standard for modern web browsing.
  • Support for all NPAPI plugins (Unity, Silverlight, Flash, Java, authentication plugins, etc.).
  • Support for XUL/Overlay Mozilla-style extensions.
  • Experimental support for WebExtensions (in gecko-target mode). Please note that some Mozilla-specific WebExtension APIs are not yet available.
  • Support for ALSA on Linux.
  • Support for WebAssembly (WASM).
  • Support for advanced Graphite font shaping features.
  • Support for modern web cryptography: up to TLS 1.3, modern ciphers, HSTS, etc.
Important differences with Mozilla Firefox:
  • Uses Goanna as a layout and rendering engine. Goanna behaves slightly differently than Gecko in certain respects and may result in different display of web pages. e.g.: Goanna renders gradients in a more accurate color space (non-premultiplied).
  • Builds on UXP, our XUL platform in development. As such XUL is alive and well in this browser and will not be deprecated.
  • Has some long-standing known issues with the Mozilla code-base fixed (e.g. CVE-2009-1232).
  • Does not use Rust or the Photon user interface. You can expect a familiar interface as-carried by Firefox between v29 and v56.
  • Does not use Electrolysis (e10s, multi-process browsing).
  • Does not require walled-garden extension signing.

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Post Posted November 20th, 2017, 6:25 am

I installed it this morning and then installed CTR after which I imported a backup of my CTR settings created in FF ESR52.5.

The location bar no longer works with CTR installed. No URLs can be loaded and about:config cannot be accessed. I posted the issue on Github afterwards, but nobody has responded so far: https://github.com/MoonchildProductions ... issues/193

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Post Posted November 20th, 2017, 4:33 pm

Just installed the browser myself to post here with it and test it out.
I am able to access about:config and the location bar after installing CTR.
Perhaps a clean install with a brand new profile(without the backup of your CTR settings created in FF ESR52.5.)
And then try to change the CTR settings in the browser after that.

https://s8.postimg.org/3uxcyhag5/Basilisk_browser.with_CTR_enabled.png

https://s8.postimg.org/evsi2xpo5/Basiliskbrowser.aboutconfig.open.png

Noted a lot more RAM usage whilst using the browser in comparison to the two main browsers that I use.

Note: uninstalled browser after posting this post.

Reflective

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Post Posted November 21st, 2017, 7:05 am

LuvKomputrs wrote:Just installed the browser myself to post here with it and test it out.
I am able to access about:config and the location bar after installing CTR.
Perhaps a clean install with a brand new profile(without the backup of your CTR settings created in FF ESR52.5.)
And then try to change the CTR settings in the browser after that.

https://s8.postimg.org/3uxcyhag5/Basilisk_browser.with_CTR_enabled.png

https://s8.postimg.org/evsi2xpo5/Basiliskbrowser.aboutconfig.open.png

Noted a lot more RAM usage whilst using the browser in comparison to the two main browsers that I use.

Note: uninstalled browser after posting this post.

Thanks for the suggestion, but no need for that now because the CTR developer released an update namely 1.7.3.2beta1 to address the issue: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... 7.3.2beta1

There's also an ongoing thread at Github for anyone interested in further developments: https://github.com/MoonchildProductions ... issues/193

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Post Posted November 21st, 2017, 12:35 pm

Damn! I just discovered what for me is a big No-No. Basilisk changes the context menu whereby users are forced to use DuckDuckGo to search with:
I have a lot of custom search engines I use for translation work and don't need to use a search engine to find them. In the above image I intended to go directly to the Mozilla extensions site to take a look at that particular extension. Pity.


Stupid mistake here on my part. I forgot to install an extension called Context Search which provides the ability to search with other engines besides the one set at default.
Last edited by Reflective on November 22nd, 2017, 3:21 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Post Posted November 21st, 2017, 3:22 pm

Reflective wrote:Damn! I just discovered what for me is a big No-No. Basilisk changes the context menu whereby users are forced to use DuckDuckGo to search with: http://imgbox.com/g7ddCZeF

I have a lot of custom search engines I use for translation work and don't need to use a search engine to find them. In the above image I intended to go directly to the Mozilla extensions site to take a look at that particular extension. Pity.

I think that's just because DuckDuckGo is the default search engine. I have it set as default in Firefox 58 and I see the same context menu as you.

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Post Posted November 22nd, 2017, 3:24 am

isaacschemm wrote:I think that's just because DuckDuckGo is the default search engine. I have it set as default in Firefox 58 and I see the same context menu as you.


Yes, you're right. I forgot to install an extension called Context Search which allows searching with more than one search engine.

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Post Posted December 3rd, 2017, 7:03 am

There is another work around for adding search engines. Go to the Pale Moon site from Basilisk and select your engine of choice from the long list:
https://addons.palemoon.org/search-plugins/

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