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

Maarten Vanraes alien at rmail.be
Fri Jan 13 22:20:12 CET 2012

Op vrijdag 13 januari 2012 20:59:19 schreef Jeff Robins:
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM, andre999 <andre999mga at laposte.net> wrote:
> > Wait.
> > A long-term release version is kept updated for bugs, particularly
> > security bugs, but doesn't add new features.
> > Since it doesn't add new features, it is less likely to introduce new
> > bugs, and so would be more secure.
> > (That is why, in case you haven't noticed, that Firefox has more security
> > issues than Seamonkey, which is one step behind Firefox in adopting new
> > features.)
> > 
> > So if you want a stable, secure browser, prefer among Mozilla browsers
> > the Firefox long-term release, or for more stable, Seamonkey.
> > 
> > For the minority of users who want the latest features, despite the
> > greater risk, like the cauldron of Mozilla, it is easy to download the
> > latest Firefox release, direct from upstream.  (It will be available
> > there at least a week sooner.)
> > Upstream Firefox by default warns when the latest update is available.
> > 
> > --
> > André
> I think André is entirely correct and the ESR should meet the requirements
> for a long-term Mageia.  The ESR will get all of the security updates, but
> not the new features so any argument about needing the latest to stay
> secure is invalid.  (
> http://www.anandtech.com/show/5378/mozilla-announces-firefox-extended-suppo
> rt-release )
> Also, the next upstream will be moving to quiet updates, unless Firefox
> hasn't been restarted in the last 12 hours.  So, users that want the latest
> can use the upstream and be automatically updated.
> (http://letsbytecode.com/general/10-firefox-will-be-updated-on-the-quiet/)
> My only concern is the difference in release times.  Mageia's is 9months
> and Mozilla is 1year.  Nine months from Mageia's 1st long-term release,
> Mozilla will still be on the same FF, and will update FF in the middle of
> the second Mageia long-term release.  This would create more work and a
> long-term Mageia, which will have a major component update during the
> long-term support period.
> --Jeff

look at the picture for the support period, the 1y warranteed versions cross 
over for 2 or 3 months

so it's going to fit for as long as we have 9m release schedule

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