Mozilla Introduces ESR Version of Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 12 Jan 2012
The Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, announced this week that the proposal to release a special Firefox edition meant for enterprises, public institutions, and any other organization that centrally manages its Firefox deployment has passed. The proposal for an ESR version of Firefox will become a reality (ESR is short for Extended Support Release).

Regular users who are on Firefox get a new version of the browser every 6 weeks, as part of Mozilla’s rapid release cycle. Enterprises, public institutions, and other organizations that are on the ESR version of Firefox will get a new version once a year. What these organizations will have on their hands is a Firefox version that does not modify the web or add-ons platform – it only gets security updates.


Vice President of Products at Mozilla, Jay Sullivan, explained that delivering improvements to Firefox quickly is imperative since online life is evolving at a very rapid pace, faster than ever before. Via the rapid release cycle Mozilla updates Firefox more frequently and thus secures users against emerging treats and provides them with the powerful platform needed for a rich web experience.

While all this is great for the general public, it is a bother for organizations. A Firefox browser that gets updated frequently poses a challenge for any organization that centrally manages its Firefox deployment. That is why the ESR version of Firefox version had to be developed. Thanks to the efforts of the Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group the Mozilla Firefox ESR plan became a reality.

“Mozilla is committed to providing the best Web experience for people everywhere, and our goal for the Firefox ESR is to make it simpler for companies, public institutions, organizations, and institutions that manage their desktops to deploy Firefox in those environments,” said Jay Sullivan. “Over the last few months we received great feedback on the initial proposal from the Mozilla community and strongly believe that the ESR meets that goal.”

Within a week Mozilla will release implementation specifics for the ESR version of Firefox. The information will be made public via the newsgroup and the Enterprise Working Group (EWG) mailing list.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, ESR, Extended Support Release
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