|| ||Kev Needham <kev-AT-mozilla.com> |
|| ||dev-planning-AT-lists.mozilla.org |
|| ||Proposal to Provide an Extended Support Release of Firefox for Managed
|| ||Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:13:47 -0400|
|| ||Article, Thread
Since moving to a faster release process, Mozilla understands that some
organizations are facing challenges in deploying Mozilla products in a
managed environment. The faster release cadence makes gives
organizations a shorter period of time to certify and use new releases,
and the lack of maintenance on older releases can expose organizations
using them to security risks. Through the Enterprise Working Group (EWG)
we're working with those organizations through to determine the best way
Mozilla can help.
To that end, representatives from the Product, Engagement, Engineering,
and Release Engineering teams have taken the feedback received to date
from the EWG and other sources to create an initial proposal for an
Extended Support Release (ESR) of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. These
proposed releases would provide organizations with additional time to
certify and deploy new versions of Firefox while mitigating some of the
security risks of staying on an older release. They would be targeted
specifically at those organizations that want to deploy Firefox and
Thunderbird in a managed environment, and would not be recommended for
individuals outside those organizations.
The proposal can be viewed on the Mozilla Wiki at
think it balances the needs of organization(s) that want to continue to
deploy Firefox, while allowing Mozilla to maintain a faster release
process to better deliver new features, performance enhancements and
security fixes to individual users.
The proposed ESR will require effort to maintain, and we want to gather
feedback in dev.planning from the broader Mozilla project on the
proposal and its impacts. When submitting your feedback, please consider
how it balances our need to give individuals the best experience
possible through our regular release process while still meeting the
needs of organizations that deploy Mozilla software; how it affects you
and the people you work with; and what additional clarity we can provide
on the ideas behind the proposal.
We realize that Thunderbird in particular is a significant downstream
consumer of the Gecko platform, which is itself influenced by Firefox's
plans with respect to security & maintenance policies in particular.
While sharing technology, Thunderbird is a distinct product which is
exposed to different distinct security and market environments, and we
don't want to assume that the discussions which have focused on Firefox
necessarily apply as-is to Thunderbird. We will be starting a
Thunderbird-specific discussion informed by the Firefox processes,
please join that discussion on the tb-enterprise mailing list
I'll be compiling, responding to, and evaluating the feedback received
on the ESR proposal, and will provide updates here on the go-forward
plan, including suggested changes. I hope to be able to provide the
project with the information it needs to take a decision on the ESR
within the next few weeks, and would ask for your feedback as soon as
possible. If you're not comfortable posting to the dev.planning
group, please also feel free to contact me directly.
I thank you in advance for your thoughts and feedback, and look forward
to a constructive discussion.
Kev Needham (also representing Stormy Peters and JP Rosevear)
to post comments)