Remember 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.
Mozilla currently discontinues security support for a specific version of Firefox as soon as the next in line appears.
These proposed releases would provide organizations with additional time to certify and deploy new versions of Firefox while mitigating some of the security risks of staying on an older release. – Kev Needham, Mozilla’s channel manager, in a post to mozilla.dev.planning discussion forum
Mozilla is calling the new release concept “Extended Support Release,” or ESR. If the proposal is approved, ESR would kick off with either Firefox 8, now slated for delivery on the 8th of November, or Firefox 9, which is planned to ship on the 20th of December.
If ESR begins with Firefox 8, adopters would not receive a new version of the browser until Mozilla ships Firefox 13 on the 5th of June.
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