Alright, now your GUI looks like the classic
Windows 95 GUI. But what about the programs you use for browsing the web
and checking your email? Thanks to the fine work of both the maintainers
of the Pale Moon web Browser, the Interlink Mail & News program for
email, and the
Moonscape theme you can bring back everything you
remember about 90s computing on Netscape Navigator to modern Linux and
want to get started by downloading the Pale
Moon Browser and Interlink
Mail & News, both built off of the UXP, or
Unified XUL Platform, the platform that both Mozilla Firefox and
Mozilla Thunderbird, (and thereby Netscape Navigator and Netscape
Communicator) were built off of. Both Pale Moon and Interlink are
forks of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird respectively, but configured
to allow for the continued support of things like NPAPI plugins and
older add-ons and themes. In my opinion, they are the true successors
to the Netscape Navigator.
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.
theme is now being worked on so that the XPI file works
cross-platform, but the Interlink Mail & News website offers a specific
XPI download for Moonscape as well. Interlink Mail
& News is great, you're able to keep all of your email accounts in
one place, it loads much faster than web based email clients, and it
even has an RSS feed function that allows you to keep track on all of
the news, blogs, and even subscriptions to your favorite Youtube
channels (through an Invidious instance), or Nitter feeds, or blogs,
or newspapers or however you get your content, all in one place.
Pale Moon and Interlink together are able to give 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.
You can also install the Splashed!
add-on for a splash screen similar to what the
original programs had. You can also install the Moonscape Icon Pack to
theme your taskbar.
Here's a fun video too about using Netscape from the 90s.