Root of the problem is Mozilla.org is Windows centric
Posted Jun 7, 2006 21:58 UTC (Wed) by jmorris42
In reply to: Move to a portable app model
Parent article: The problem of Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy
> 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,
Exactly. Mozilla.org has never really cared about the needs of the UNIX/Linux ports, only about Windows. This has only grown worse since they became attached to the cashflow from Google.
Generalizing your statement I'd say Mozilla products doesn't play well in enterprise environments period. Enterprise users value stability, reliability and long well established service cycles over new shiny features. Note that Debian and Ubuntu aren't alone in being abandoned by Mozilla.org. See the annoucement yesterday that RHEL3 is dumping Mozilla for Seamonkey for the same loss of upstream errata problems.
Personally I think dumping Firefox from any stable release is something to consider given their stated positions on errata. Too bad there isn't any viable replacements. There is a lesson here about over dependence on a single point of failure, especially one that makes no bones about our preferred platform being an afterthought. Suspect they would just drop the Linux & UNIX ports to shut us up is they didn't know it would just cause a fork, or worse, a whole new browser project.
Or perhaps the idea in the original post should be looked into, having the major distros share the burden of doing their own security patches has merit. This would probably require Mozilla.org to at least be willing to share details on the security issues though.
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