Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Released

Wednesday November 8th, 2006

Security and Stability updates for Mozilla products based on the Gecko 1.8 branch have been released.

Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 2007. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2.

For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox Release Notes and the Mozilla Thunderbird release notes.

#4 Upgrade system confusing

by krissilver

Thursday November 9th, 2006 11:21 AM

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Simplicity is what Firefox aims for, and the update system is reaching further from it in this regard if 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0's are going to be out there. If there's a major release with ALL security updates, plus generally securer, anti phishing and more, it should be available within days of that release to new and existing users via the upgrade system. Who deserves an even safer, more stable, better featured, latest Firefox more then the millions of existing users? They're being failed.

We have a situation where there's some users out there still on 1.0 as they never received auto updates, people on 1.5 not knowing there's a 2.0 with the same updates and other better security such as anti phishing, plus more features.

Then for the ones who know Firefox 2 is out, what on earth do they do? It's not made clear how they're supposed to get it. Don't say common sense or anything else as its just not commonplace to have to deal with programs in this way, and in no way is it explained to the average user. Do they have to A) wait B) manually un-install Firefox 1.5 or C) install 2.0 right over 1.5, or D) something else? This is no way is simple, worry free, a clear release and auto update system.

Delaying subtle reminders as if everyone knows already, may help Mozilla severs and serve some other small goals, but far more important is that its confusingly keeping users on older versions, confusing people as to what is up to date/latest, what's not, how they do get the latest, and more. If a latest version is released to the general public then new and existing users via auto update should especially be getting it within days of each other at most. That has to be the goal with auto updating, and is in essence how many other programs work or at least closer to.