Since Mozilla switched to a “rapid release” schedule for the popular Firefox web browser, we’ve gotten a new version of Firefox every 6 weeks like clockwork. These often aren’t huge, game-changing releases, but there are bug fixes and new features in every browser update.

Firefox 10

This week Mozilla is pushing out Firefox 10. It has a few little updates such as a forward-arrow button that hides until you actually need it. But the bigger news is that Firefox 10 is the first Extended Support Release (ESR).

That means that individuals or institutions that don’t want a new version of the web browser every six weeks can download Firefox 10 and keep using it for a year. Mozilla will continue to roll out regular updates — but they’ll just include the latest security updates. So when everyone else is downloading Firefox 11, ESR users will get Firefox 10.0.1.

Mozilla will continue to support for Firefox 10 alongside newer versions of the operating system for the next 9 releases — but the next Extender Support Release will actually be Firefox 17. That gives organizations about 3 months to try out the latest ESR version of the web browser before support for version 10 is dropped.

You can sign up for more information on the Extended Support Release at the Firefox ESR page, or download the latest build from the Mozilla FTP.

via The Verge

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6 replies on “Firefox 10 is the first “extended support” web browser from Mozilla”

  1. »That means that individuals or institutions that don’t want a new version of the web browser every six weeks can download Firefox 10 and keep using it for a year.«

    No, Firefox 10 ESR is not Firefox 10, the ESR is a special download.
    There are 2 Firefox 10, Support for 10 without “ESR” ends with 11

    Download ESR: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/10.0esr

  2. I really wish they’d slow down. I’m tired of my extensions and themes breaking every 6 weeks. I can’t imagine what a headache it is to be a developer of Firefox themese and extentions.

    1. this is exactly the point …. if you have a firefox with an addons environment working it is the most stupid thing for a user, tha almost every update wil break this down. that is not only user unfriendly – in fact it is hostile.

  3. Once a year really is too frequent for the enterprise.  The enterprise wants, at the least, a three-year support cycle.  A seven-year cycle or longer would be even better.  This is why Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser in the Enterprise; Internet Explorer 7 from 2006 is still being supported with security bug fixes.

  4. Why are they releasing so many numbered versions of Firefox?  They are making the numbered releases meaningless.

    1.  That questions has been asked many times around the web. I think the answer is: Google did it first with Chrome. Google then got noticeably more media attention for each new Chrome release than Firefox got from its updates, even when the number of additions/fixes where roughly the same between two Chrome/Firefox releases. So Firefox started doing the same thing, and here we are.

      The numbers still have meaning. They let users know how many versions their install is lagging behind the latest release. I agree that it is harder to know in advance which update will bring the largest new changes. But all in all that’s fine because the changes to Firefox will be more incremental from now on I think.

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