What is Basilisk?
Basilisk is a web browser building on the Unified XUL
(UXP), an application platform currently in development, a
true fork of Mozilla's pre-servo platform code and using a new
iteration of Goanna
a layout and rendering engine, that will allow customizable,
cross-platform applications to be built using the XUL markup language.
The web browser is both a vessel to facilitate development and testing
of UXP, and a direct replacement for Firefox with full add-on
capabilities (both NPAPI plugins and all types of extensions).
What will it look like?
It will look like early-2017 releases of Firefox.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so a few screenshots will be posted
here once available!
What are the system requirements for it?
You will need:
- Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10. Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported.
- Linux system requirements are not set yet, but most likely you will
need a relatively modern OS and kernel, and GTK3+ support.
- A processor with the SSE2 instruction set (it will not run on
very old computers).
- Enough memory for the modern web. Having at least 1 GB usable
will be of great benefit to your experience.
- Not strictly required but strongly recommended: a dedicated video
card with the latest drivers.
When will it be ready?
We are working on getting the browser release-ready by the end of the
summer or start of autumn. As with any new piece of software, there are
likely going to be a number of teething problems with it, so bear with
How much development will this see?
The browser (application) itself will aim to provide a stable interface
to the web with no major changes in the user interface after release.
As stated, it is a vessel for platform development and as such will
have its development focus on the back-end/engine. Do not expect
shocking changes or big enhancements to the browser application itself.
Who is behind this browser?
This browser is released by the team behind Pale Moon