May 30 is D-Day for Firefox 1.5

May 30 is D-Day for Firefox 1.5

Summary: Barring any "show-stopper issues" during the testing process, security and stability support for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 will expire on May 30.

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Mozilla FirefoxBarring any "show-stopper issues" during the testing process, security and stability support for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 will expire on May 30.

The open-source group expects to ship the last Firefox 1.5 version on May 30 with an auto-update mechanism to migrate users to Firefox 2.

According to a post on the moz.dev.planning list, release candidate builds were pushed out to the "beta" channel on May 30 for a final round of testing.

We will be monitoring user feedback in the next few days, and if it doesn't uncover any show-stopper issues we will release official builds to all our users next week, Wednesday (5/30).

Firefox 1.5 support was due to expire on April 24 but this was pushed back a few weeks for an an additional Firefox 1.5.0.x release that incorporates the ability to accurately offer the user a chance to perform a major update (1.5 -> 2.0).

On May 30, users can also expect a Firefox 2.0 security and stability update.

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  • As well it should

    FF 2.0 is vastly superior.
    ejhonda
  • Wow, how long was THAT support cycle?

    So where are all those people who rail on MS for only supporting their products for 7 years? When was FF1.5 released? Wiki says Nov. 29, 2005. FF2.0 was released Oct 24, 2006. So Mozilla is supporting the previous version of their flagship product for... 6 months. Hey, Vista has been out for nearly 6 months. Can you imagine the outcry if MS announced that they would stop supporting XP in June? Come on ABMers, this deserves scorn, ridicule, frothing at the mouth!

    And before anyone accuses me of being anti-FF, I'm not. I'm using it to type this. I'm just anti-hypocrisy.
    NonZealot
    • Free apples and Expensive oranges

      FF is free to dowload, use and upgrade - so why should they be required to be offering support for an out dated version of the product vs. MS which is not cheap in costs and resource usuage.
      Busay
      • Resource Usage?

        Since you brought that up, I'm guessing you missed these.
        <br><br>
        http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=412 <br>
        <br>
        http://www.wired.com/software/coolapps/news/2007/05/firefox_bloat <br><br>
        It's always funny when "free" software ends up costing the end user more in the long run I guess. <br>
        I guess the many eyes will only look for very short periods of time. This has the potential to create many unsafe sites around the world. Not every company that deploys FF can afford the 300,000.00 a year for a team of techs and programmers to keep their code safe and their one time custom stuff working. <br>
        This is why i would never implement nor suggest open source for any customer, except for niche server usage. Never for any part of critical systems running security software or any systems responsible for storing private data...or for that matter any productivity related tools like a browser or office suite.
        xuniL_z
        • Absolut BS

          Frontmotion has free msi installers which deploy perfectly via Active Dircetory. I started deploying it since 1.0.x. Eache new iteration removes the old version and installs the newer version.

          In fact it is much better than most MSI's I receive.
          Suicida|
          • Don_Gray has just become Suicida| !!!!!!!!!

            When i read the prior post at approx 8:45 EDT, it had been posted by Don_Gray (or very close to that). <br>
            Moments later when the page was refreshed, this is what I find: <br>
            Posted by: Suicida| Posted on: 05/28/07 <br><br>
            I noticed Don_gray had posted to some below this as well and they have all changed as well, of course.
            <br><br>
            do people change their monikers on the fly like that often? Hey Don, what made you turn "suicida| all of a sudden? ;)
            <br>
            xuniL_z
        • if you weren't so obviously anti-mozilla

          I might take some of what you say seriously. But you ARE anti-mozilla, regardless of facts, comparisons, reason.

          I use IE7 at work, because I have to. What really has me wondering is why I have to click on the button at the bottom of the screen 3 times everytime I want to use the browser. It's sitting there minimised, so one click should do it, but no, I click once, nothing, click twice, it minimises again....from nothing, click a 3rd time and it's finally there.

          Give me Firefox anytime.

          By the way, before you start talking about my Windows setup, I work 2 jobs, have 2 PCs with IE7 set as default, and they both act the same.

          And the IT guy looking after one of the sites chastised me for upgrading from IE6, because of the networking problems IE7 causes. I haven't seen those problems, and I told him so, but he said, if I have a problem the first thing he's going to tell me to do is uninstall IE7 and reinstall IE6.

          I suggested just putting Firefox on all machines.
          mdsmedia
    • People shouldn't

      7 years is long time to support software. Kudos to Microsoft for doing it.
      voska
    • Apples vs Oranges

      How long did we have Windows XP with no upgrade? Service Packs don't count.

      When you have a long shelf life you better have a long support cycle.

      Like the poster above.

      You pay a lot of money for Microsoft products. That cost means your customers expect good long term support.

      Firefox is free. I personally don't expect a company that is giving me a free product to have long term support for old versions. I doubt that I am the only one that feels this way.
      dragosani
      • Code is Code

        I don't get this hypocrisy. Cost has nothing to do with it. There is always a cost of implementing software anyway. Time, labor, making your apps work with it etc. What about all of the companies that are still using 1.5 cause they lots of custome code written to it? You saying they have pay for that all over again after just 6 months or they just run the risk of exploits...tough cookies? That's really nice. <br>
        If that's how "free" software works, it's not a wonder why it's adoption rate is so slow. That's the same as having a project fork back in the "day". What's the difference. There is nobody supporting it. Not all shops can afford programmers, which is WAY beyond the cost of windows, to keep this crap patched and up to date or re-worked every 6 months.
        <br>
        You can't be serious.
        xuniL_z
        • every 6 months????

          Where do you get that??

          Is this just your latest irrational rant against Mozilla?

          What is to stop their code working with FF 2.0.x?

          Unlike IE7 which has become a nightmare for networked business using Windows.
          mdsmedia
    • Exactly -- that's the reason why corporations use IE and not FF

      What large corporation that has dozens or hundreds of internal web-based apps is going to want to retest them under a 6 month deadline? At least with IE, corporations know they will continue to get security updates for IE6 as long as XP is under support (until 2014). Microsoft knows what corporate customers want.
      PB_z
      • My company, for one

        We have deployed Firefox as the preferred browser on most desktops (a couple of executives prefer IE). And, if you must know, the reason was for added security.

        Plus, Firefox 2.0 doesn't break anything that works in FF 1.5. Unfortunately, IE7 can not make the same claim in regards to IE6.x.

        Apples != Hippopotami
        brendthess
        • Security?

          You are talking about running FF on Windows aren't you? FF is not safer than IE on windows. IE 7 on Vista is vastly more secure than FF. And I don't see where IE 7 on XP is any less secure. On top of that, FF is getting so bloated and slow I'm not sure why anyone thinks it's all that great anymore. IE 7 blows it away on XP or Vista in terms of speed. <br>
          The backing of this move is not only hypocritical, the posts are STILL filled with urban legends and myths about security and FireFox. Go for it if you feel you must, but everyone is well aware that Microsoft is moving ahead of Linux in terms of security.
          xuniL_z
          • I'll just refer to my earlier post

            http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-12691-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=34200&messageID=631200&start=-9977
            mdsmedia
          • Who mentioned LINUX????

            You are the only one to mention Linux. Why???

            Linux is still vastly more secure than Windows, but this is NOT to do with Linux.

            Learn the difference between the OS and the browser, then come back when you have something intelligent to say.
            mdsmedia
      • Wouldnt

        be an issue if they wrote their web apps to w3c standards.
        Suicida|
        • What would....

          Don have to say about it?
          xuniL_z
    • How much did Windows and Firefox each cost?

      If I paid as much for Firefox as I did for each successive versions of Windows I would have reason to be upset if support for the current version of Firefox ended 6 months after the new version was released. This is FREE software. And it does its job well and is safer, because Firefox is just better software, because it is not integrated into the operating system, and because it present a smaller target for the malicious software writers.
      davidbteague@...
    • $$$$$

      If only Windoze were like FF. I'd be happy to a install a free upgrade of Windoze so MS can drop support.

      FF is not dropping the customer completely. They are providing a free upgrade path! Corporate customers could have issues with only a 6 month support cycle.

      Trying to compare XP to FF is not a fair comparison...
      InOsnt_BystndR