[Mageia-dev] FireFox ESR <= we should totally go for this wrt stable releases

Florian Hubold doktor5000 at arcor.de
Fri Feb 10 15:15:17 CET 2012

Am 09.02.2012 21:56, schrieb Maarten Vanraes:
> Op donderdag 09 februari 2012 13:04:00 schreef Sander Lepik:
>> 09.02.2012 13:35, AL13N kirjutas:
>>> ihmo, the users who want the latest versions will not even wait one week,
>>> and will grab them from upstream. If we really wanted the latest release,
>>> someone could backport them.
>> And backports work since what time?
> that is irrelevant, and we should not assume it will not be ready.
>>> the end users will benefit too, because the modules/plugins will still
>>> work and not being unstable at every update. as a long time stable user,
>>> i prefer the ESR... we've been complaining about too short
>>> releasecycles... this is the answer, we should use it.
>> Most users don't know what to do with tarball. They only know that their
>> browser doesn't have latest promoted changes. And that means
>> distribution is doing something wrong for them.
>> We were complaining because extensions didn't work. I don't know how
>> many plugins there were with problems. Can't remember any myself.
>> Nonbinary extensions are now compatible by default, so one problem less.
>> ESR means QA testing anyway. It's only bugfixes but that doesn't mean
>> you can update w/o testing.
> iinm our update policy dictates that our updates should only have updates in 
> it, and no new features... (unless there is no such supported version)
Our update policy already has an exception for Firefox, and so far there were
no bigger issues during updates from our initial 4.0 to 10.0. And if most other
distros don't use ESR, we're kind of alienated, and users will ask why we do that,
because we're not aimed at enterprise usage currently.

> well, now there is... Either the new versions with extra features go into 
> backports, or not at all. if this becomes a problem, then it's one more reason 
> to fix the backports.
> we have a clear policy, we should follow it.
Hypothetically, it would be kinda useless to have two versions of our default
meaning twice the QA and support, and backports are surely not opened solely
for firefox.

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