Re: Firefox ESR


Gene
 

This isn't just something Mozilla does every now and then.  Extended Support releases may be used by anyone but they are intended for businesses and other institutions that don't want the program to be upgraded frequently.  The extended support release receives all security updates but the program itself doesn't upgrade for one year after release. 
 
The next ESR release will be this summer sometime in June, as I recall. 
 
Because of all the changes being made in firefox now that may impair performance for blind users and interfere with accessibility of some web sites, those who don't want to use the new versions are instructed to use the current ESR version which is version 52 of the program and was released before these changes took place.  Those who want to try the new versions, in particular those who want to try new versions and send feedback regarding problems and progress are encouraged to try the new versions as they are released.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Firefox ESR

Thanks for that.

Andrea


On 22/02/2018 10:11 AM, Antony Stone wrote:
> "ESR" means Extended Support Release.
>
> Every now and then, a Firefox release is labeled as ESR, and it means they
> promise to support it for longer than the other in-between releases.
>
> There is no reason to switch from a standard release to an ESR release unless:
>
> a) you like always running the latest release, and the ESR release is the
> latest one
>
> or
>
> b) you are currently running a no-longer-supported release, you don't want to
> update to the latest release, but there's an ESR release somewhere in between
> which you are happy with.
>
> Basically, do not run unsupported software.  If security vulnerabilities are
> discovered, you may well run into problems and they will be nobody else's
> fault.
>
> So, either run a recent (supported) standard version, or run an ESR version
> (which may be older, but has support for longer), but either way, update
> before that version becomes unsupported.
>
> The above is true for all software, not just Firefox.  Not all projects have
> ESR versions, but many do - some are known as LTR - Long Term Release.
>
>
> Antony.
>
> On Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 23:58:42, Andrea Sherry wrote:
>
>> What is this? Is it necessary to use instead of regular Firefox?
>>
>> Andrea

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