Mozilla Plans for Firefox Enterprise – Will it Slow Innovation?

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One of the perceived shortcomings of Mozilla’s rapid release cycle, with new browsers every 6 weeks – is that enterprises couldn’t keep up.

So now Mozilla has officially embraced a plan for an Enterprise release version of Firefox dubbed Extended Release Support (ESR). Personally, I don’t think it’s a great idea. In fact, I think it could hurt Mozilla’s mission for improving the web for us all.

Today, Mozilla already has an extended support version in all but name – with Firefox 3.6, which was first released back in January of 2010. To be fair, Mozilla has updated that browser multiple times for security – and yes some features too. But, I’ve never heard anyone ever complain of being able to support Firefox 3.6 in an enterprise. So that’s two years of support for a release.


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