Friday Rant - Why no MSI installer for Firefox?

Why is Mozilla making it hard for companies to deploy Firefox by not making a MSI installer available?

Why is Mozilla making it hard for companies to deploy Firefox by not making a MSI installer available?

Installing Firefox on a single PC is simple. Download, click, install and away you go. But if you're an admin in charge of tens of thousands of PC (and add into that mix thousands of notebooks systems that you only see physically when they are new or dead) then the problems that result from an installer that requires to to be present during the install should become quite apparent to you. If you're wondering why Firefox hasn't penetrated deeply into the corporate world, this is one of the reasons.

Note: You can fine MSI installers for Firefox (for example), but these are third-party modifications and not officially-sanctioned Mozilla downloads. The phrase "own risk" should be applied liberally for maximum efficacy.

The other day I asked Mozilla PR for comment on this lack of an MSI installer and I was told that it's "not in our immediate plans," so I guess that we're not going to seeing an official MSI installer any time soon. It seems that some thought that Firefox 3.0 would bring with it an MSI installer. Shame, because rolling out Firefox on more than ten or so systems is a major pain in the neck.

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So, is the lack of a Firefox MSI installer holding you back from installing Firefox onto thousands of systems?

Thoughts?

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