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Make Your Web Browser look like Netscape Navigator

Alright, now your GUI looks like the classic Windows 95 GUI. But what about the programs you use for browsing the web? Thanks to the fine work of the maintainers of the Pale Moon web Browser and the Moonscape theme you can bring back everything you remember about 90s computing on Netscape Navigator to modern Linux and Windows hardware.

First, we want to get started by downloading the Pale Moon Browser Pale Moon is a fork of Mozilla Firefox respectively, but configured to allow for the continued support of things like NPAPI plugins and older add-ons and themes. In my opinion, it is the true successor to the Netscape Navigator.

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First, simply go to the Pale Moon website and download the Pale Moon web browser. I'll note that Pale Moon does not include modern DRM, so there may be a few things that do not work in Pale Moon, specifically websites like Netflix and other streaming sites, as well as some video conference websites such as Zoom or Jitsi. But for everything else, it works fine. I use it as my daily driver browser.

Pale Moon is able to use all of the older Firefox add-ons prior to the adoption of web extensions. Moonscape was previously known as FOXSCAPE before being forked and developed specifically for Pale Moon compatibility. Now all you need to do after installing the browser is go to add-ons either in the browser, or the Pale Moon add-ons page and download the .XPI file and install it into the Pale Moon browser, and voila! You've got a modern browser that looks just like web browsing did in Windows 95.

Looks just like Netscape Navigator!


Overall Pale Moon gives you a true, flexible, and classic experience that runs much lighter than the other web browser and email program alternatives and I highly recommend them! For an extra touch, go ahead and follow the instructions FranklinDM has created to reconfigure the icon layout in Pale Moon with Moonscape to better reflect the fully original look of the Netscape Navigator web browser.

Here's a fun video too about using Netscape from the 90s.

Part III: Configuring Pale Moon with Plugins to view older websites!

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