Mozilla's first Extended Support Release arrives
As expected, Mozilla has released the first Extended Support Release of Firefox, based on Firefox 10, for organisations. The release is the culmination of what began as complaints from the enterprise community that the rapid release schedule of Firefox was leaving them unable to qualify Firefox for use within their organisations. Mozilla reactivated its Enterprise Working Group who worked to create the ESR proposal for particular versions of Firefox to be supported for up to a year. The proposal was later refined and scheduled to launch with Firefox 10. The ESR release of Firefox 10 is not for individual users who Mozilla expect want to see the latest features and technologies in their browser.
Mozilla strongly encourages anyone considering deploying the ESR release to sign up with the Enterprise Working Group mailing list which "will be the only way to receive regular communications regarding product updates and support". Once signed up, enterprise users are directed to an FAQ page which reviews how the ESR release will only be updated, beyond security fixes, at near annual intervals, and other essential information regarding how ESR releases differ from normal Firefox releases. For example, for the first 12 weeks of the ESR release, the browser is in a qualification phase to ensure the quality of the release. The Firefox ESR release is downloadable from the FAQ page for Windows, Mac OS X and 32- and 64-bit Linux.
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