'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

Summary: If you have not yet upgraded to Firefox 3, keep in mind that Mozilla is very close to pulling the plug on support for older versions of the browser.Support for Firefox 2, which includes security and stability patches, is scheduled to end six months after Firefox 3 shipped (June 17, 2008), which puts the end-of-life date in the mid-December range.

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'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2If you have not yet upgraded to Firefox 3, keep in mind that Mozilla is very close to pulling the plug on support for older versions of the browser.

Support for Firefox 2, which includes security and stability patches, is scheduled to end six months after Firefox 3 shipped (June 17, 2008), which puts the end-of-life date in the mid-December range.

[ SEE: Talking Firefox security with Mozilla’s Window Snyder ]

Mozilla has not yet set a final date for Firefox 2 end-of-life activity but the open source group has started discussing the "requirements or issues" that would force a deadline extension.  The current plan is for the next Firefox 2 patch to the final update of that version.

According to Mozilla's Mike Beltzner, only about one-third of Firefox users are running older versions of the browser.

  • Presently 2/3rds of our users are using Firefox 3, with more than 50% accepting the first major upgrade offer back in late August. We're looking through Hendrix and other sources to understand why people didn't want to upgrade and ensure that those bugs have been fixed.

Firefox 3 is considered a major security improvement over Firefox 2 because of the addition of an anti-malware blocker and improved Web forgery warnings.

ALSO SEE: Browser Wars 2.0: Firefox scrambles to add ‘private mode’ browsing

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  • For the adventurous...

    Give [url=http://www.dtschmitz.com/dts/2008/10/how-tos-install-firefox-nightly-build--64-bit-minefield.html]Minefield[/url] a spin.

    I've been using it with Adblock, Noscript, Ubiquity just fine for a good week now.

    It's definitely a keeper.
    no_zd_user_name
  • Add-ons for FF3; not all FF2's working yet

    My favorite -- and some indispensable -- add-ons do not yet work in FF3!! Please get on the stick with the developers.
    djlewis1
    • Which extensions are those?

      Just curious...which extensions don't work with FF3? I use some mainstream ones and some not-so-mainstream ones, they all work with FF3.
      jrf2027
      • Which Extensions??

        If you browse the Mozilla site for add ons, you will easily find those that say "Does not work on FF 3, use on FF2 or lower". This is on about 20% or more. They are updating regularly, but there are still quite a few good ones that are incompatible.
        THX 1138
      • Non-3 Extensions

        For me, the T-Mobile minutes addon is a nice feature, and it is apparently unlikely to be upgraded to 3.0 FF.

        Art
        MyBrainHurts
  • Hello Mozilla: Why I'm not upgrading!

    I've spent a LOT of time setting up my FF2 with themes and addons that I feel are indispensable.

    FF3 is a complete new install. That means I start all over again and I DON'T like this! You remind me of Microsoft.

    FF3 should follow the same format as your updates or addons. I should be able to select "Upgrade" and then restart. All themes, addons, etc. follow along and I'm done.

    The last time I checked, The Alumina theme and "Fireshot Pro" (I bought the $19.00 upgrade), "Smartwhois" "1Click Weather" and other addons I use aren't compatible w/FF3x!

    If this is incorrect, then you've done a sad job of informing us.

    This is why I'm not upgrading.
    RS9
  • FF 3 not ready at all

    3.1 beta is a little better, FF2 is still way more stable. Opera looking better all the time, as is IE8.
    tech_walker
  • RE: 'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

    My FF 3.03 update has never been. Crashed from the get go and cannot find a reason why since they have no tech support at all. Was working just fine till that update now crashes as soon as it trys to start??????

    BBaker7958
    BBaker7958
  • RE: 'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

    I installed FF 3 fine, but my online banking site doesn't support Firefox. Version 2 worked fine; 3 tanked the site and was full of errors. I had to uninstall it and go back to the previous version in order to do pay my bills and stuff. I refuse to use that horrible excuse for a browser, IE. Complained to the bank, but lord only knows how long it would take them to do something. They only support IE. So until 3 works like 2, I'm stuck with 2.
    eradona
  • RE: 'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

    I have a network with old iMacs run on OSX 10.3.9 no firewire ports can't be further upgraded it WILL be a problem I think if FF 3 insn't backward compatable with those Macs probably have to swich to Opera
    jimhokom
  • RE: 'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

    It will be a problem if Firefox 3 continues to be not backwards compatible with OSX panther which is as far as several of my iMacs without FireWire ports can be upgraded. Probably have to switch over to Opera
    jimhokom
  • Older computers

    I have a couple of older computers that run 98SE. They don't really have the power to run anything newer. FF3 only runs on Windows 2000 and up. I do use FF3 on the computers that run 2000 & XP.
    mystic100
  • RE: 'End of life' beckons for Firefox 2

    That's too bad because Firefox 3 does not work right on several of my contacts. It will not open another window that is asked for even though I have unblocked popups. A switch to Chrome cured this problem. Also, Firefox 3 will not honor the setting to open a link in a new window. In addition, the color tabs disappear and reappear, and disappear.
    Maybe Firefox just does not work well on a 64 bit system. So far, Chrome has taken care of all these problems.
    pmishler
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