Category: Mozilla

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox Releases

By | September 26, 2011 | 5 Comments

Consumers Can Go For Fewer Firefox ReleasesUsers and developers cited a number of reasons why consumers might want to use the less frequent Extended Support Release (ESR) builds that were announced recently. These include problems with extensions unable to keep up with the six week cadence, and a desire for fewer updates on machines they support for family and friends.

The ESR Firefox may also be just “good enough” for many users, one Mozilla developer argued.

The reason I expect a lot of users to switch to these ESR builds is not because they want extensions to work or because of any one issue that we can fix in the future. It’s simply because Firefox works ‘good enough’ right now and they don’t want to have to deal with change. – Cheng Wang on the mozilla.planning.dev discussion group

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Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For Enterprises

By | September 23, 2011 | 7 Comments

Mozilla Suggests Slower Firefox Release Pace For EnterprisesRemember how Mozilla rejected the faster Firefox release schedule (it was posted yesterday)? Well, here’s a new proposal and it goes like this: the Firefox release pace for enterprises is to be significantly slowed down. This should make corporate IT quite a bit happier.

If the proposal is adopted, Mozilla will deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks. That is five times slower than to consumers. During each 30 week stretch, Mozilla would issue only security updates for the browser. In addition, each enterprise edition would be supported for an additional 12 weeks after the release of its successor, assuring companies 42 weeks of support for each version. Continue Reading

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release Schedule

By | September 22, 2011 | 10 Comments

Mozilla Rejects Faster Firefox Release ScheduleA pitch to accelerate Firefox’s rapid release schedule even further i.e. shipping a new version every five weeks, was rejected by Mozilla. The proposal, made by Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas last week, would have cut weeks from the current scheme.

Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla central would get to users three weeks faster. That’s a big deal. It’s an upgrade in responsiveness that we can’t afford to pass on if we can pull it off. - Josh Aas, Mozilla engineering manager, on the mozilla.dev.planning forum

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Mozilla’s Co-founder Leaves The Company

By | September 20, 2011 | 25 Comments

Mozilla's Co-founder Leaves The CompanyMike Shaver, the founding member of Mozilla in 1998, has decided to leave everyone’s beloved organization.

While it comes as a surprise, it’s nothing new to Mozilla. Earlier this year, Mike Beltzner, the director of Firefox has departed from the company as well, followed by John Resig, a JavaScript evangelist, who left Mozilla just few months ago.

As far as the future holds, Mike has not yet though about that, as he wrote: “I haven’t yet decided what’s next, though I have some exciting opportunities to explore. I am still truly, madly, deeply in love with Mozilla and the web it is building, and grateful for the opportunities that it’s created for me,”

Weekly Browsers Recap, September 19th

By | September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, September 19th

Weekly Browsers Recap, September 12th

By | September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, September 12th

Mozilla Criticized For A Plethora Of Bugs, Release Cycles

By | September 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

Mozilla Criticized For A Plethora Of Bugs, Poor Management

Tyler Downer, a “community lead” at Mozilla Corp., criticized the company for a lack of effective methods to address all the bug notifications that users submit.

According to his post, Firefox users have submitted more than 6,000 issues that are getting harder and harder to track due to poor management, as developers can no longer tell, which bugs are critical and which ones are not.
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Mozilla Previews Firefox for Tablets

By | August 30, 2011 | 11 Comments

Mozilla Previews Firefox for Tablets

Mozilla has offered a first glimpse of its Firefox for Tablets web browser.
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Weekly Browsers Recap, August 29th

By | August 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Weekly Browsers Recap, August 29th

[Thanks, Dirk Finken]

“There Is No Free Lunch” – Mozilla

By | August 26, 2011 | 23 Comments

ThereMozilla’s chairwoman Mitchell Baker responded to criticism regarding the rapid release cycle in a recent blog post.

She started by acknowledging the problem and ensured that while the current rapid release cycle is far from perfect, Mozilla is working hard to make it more useful for the majority of its userbase.

However, due to the rapidly changing nature of the Internet, Baker believes that it is necessary for the browser to follow this breakneck pace.
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