Firefox rapid release improves Fedora Linux

Firefox rapid release improves Fedora Linux

Summary: When the rapid release schedule was first announced for Firefox last year, I was not a fan at all at first. My main reason or complaint was that in the past, each version of Firefox was somewhat "locked" to each distribution of Fedora (and other Linux distributions as well).

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When the rapid release schedule was first announced for Firefox last year, I was not a fan at all at first. My main reason or complaint was that in the past, each version of Firefox was somewhat "locked" to each distribution of Fedora (and other Linux distributions as well). For instance, Fedora 14 came with Firefox 3.6.x, and even though Firefox 4 and later versions were released for Linux, Fedora only released update packages for Firefox 3.6.x. My initial fear was that Firefox would become out of date even faster than in the past, and would require more difficult upgrade paths more frequently.

But, much to my surprise ever since Firefox was changed over to the rapid release schedule, Fedora has been releasing updated Firefox packages so that now we can stay completely current. With Fedora 16 (one of the currently supported distributions), Firefox 12 update packages are available which is the most up to date version, even though Fedora 16 originally shipped with Firefox 10. This is definitely good news and I hope this continues for the indefinite future. I'm not sure if other Linux distributions are following suit, but hopefully so.

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Chris Clay

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  • Mozilla has threatened to stop supporting Linux. I guess that UBUNTU is going with another browser. I indicated that if Mozilla stops supporting Linux, then I will have to also stop using Firefox with Windows. We use the same browser for both environments. Killing one version, kills the other.
    anonymous
  • Leslie Satenstein :

    Where have you ever seen Mozilla even mention this? Firefox is the most popular browser in the GNU/Linux OS, so I don't see that ever happening.
    Chris_Clay
  • Is this classic FUD? One thing I would definitely have notice is a Mozilla threat to stop supporting GNU/Linux.
    anonymous
  • Paul Smyth :

    "Is this classic FUD?"

    This is possible or maybe the recent news about Mozilla not supporting Linux initially with its Web Apps Marketplace was misunderstood by that commenter.
    Chris_Clay