Mozilla, the group behind the Firefox Web browser, has finally gotten a clue that business users don’t like constant updates. On the Mozilla wiki page, Mozilla admits to what many of us have known for a long time: Firefox’s recent rapid-fire release schedule was way too fast for corporate and institutional users. On the page, Mozilla states:
The shift to a new release process has been difficult for organizations that deploy Firefox to their users in a managed environment. We’ve heard 2 primary concerns:
1. The release schedule doesn’t allow sufficient time for the organizations and their vendors to certify new releases of the products.
2. The associated end-of-life policy exposes them to considerable security risk if they remain on a non-current version past Firefox 3.6.
These groups-which include small & medium business, enterprise, academic, and government-want to continue to offer Mozilla products to their users, but they need a version of Firefox that gives them a longer support tail than what we currently offer.