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

Claire Robinson eeeemail at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 12:21:12 CET 2012

On 13/01/12 09:36, nicolas vigier wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Jan 2012, Sander Lepik wrote:
>> 13.01.2012 03:20, Maarten Vanraes kirjutas:
>>> see https://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2012/01/10/delivering-a-mozilla-firefox-
>>> extended-support-release/
>>> see https://wiki.mozilla.org/images/9/9d/Esr-release-overview.png
>>> ESR is a 1y extended supported release...
>>> looking at the image we'd be having supported versions for our 9month release
>>> schedule every time... we should totally use this release and not go towards
>>> FF11 for our release.
>>> We've been complaining about the too quick release schedule... this is our
>>> chance!
>>> ( i think if the FF maintainer wishes, he could also do backports of the
>>> regular releases... )
>>> i'm hoping everyone agrees? including FF maintainer?
>> I don't agree. But i'm not the maintainer.
>> Why not?
>> * Since fx10 all non-binary extensions are compatible by default (so our
>> main problem goes away).
>> * fx10 in 6 months is dead old for users POV. Many unhappy users. Lower
>> popularity for Mageia. (Ubuntu AFAIK is going with fast schedule).
>> * We will miss too many new and cool features.
>> * When we release
> We could say the same about any other software. Firefox was an exception
> on updates policy because there was no other choice. But there's no
> reason to keep it as an exception when they provide a supported version.

With 12 months support more often than not it would need updating in the 
lifespan of the Mageia 9 month release anyway.

Firefox is one of those programs that people like to be bang up to date 
with. It is 'bragging rights' to ship with the latest and something 
reviewers always give version numbers of along with libreoffice, kde, gnome.

I understand the arguments to go with the 12 months support but I think 
for the reasons above we should stick with the normal release cycle or 
maybe even offer both?


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