Move to a portable app model
Posted Jun 7, 2006 21:31 UTC (Wed) by h2
In reply to: Move to a portable app model
Parent article: The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
"I think mainly it's because the model for stable releases in Ubuntu and Debian has always been to never upgrade to newer versions, but ONLY to backport fixes to existing versions."
Yes, this is discussed frequently, it's a big problem for debian, firefox/mozilla just doesn't play well in this environment. Part of the problem is that the biggest firefox installed base is windows, and windows firefox uses autoupdate now, since 1.5. This makes sense in windows, since it's the only way to get users to actually apply security patches in a timely manner, but the model does not work for linux stable stuff, like debian, ubuntu, or whatever.
Since the risk of having an insecure browser, the number two access point for insecurities, email being number one, far outweighs any questions about not upgrading version in a stable pool, debian etc will have to bend on this one long term, since having users use unsafe browsers is just not a very good idea.
It's not as big a deal as they make it sound, it's just a browser, it's not like you are installing a new gnome or kde desktop, a new apache, or whatever. It's a standalone application more or less, like thunderbird.
It's unfortunate that mozilla foundation moved in this direction, but that's life, unless they decide to change that, it's unlikely to get resolved to anyone's satisfaction, I know it drives the debian security guys up the wall.
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