Firefox .current (OS X; Windows)
Firefox 10esr (OS X; Windows)
Important note: this document is designed for Local Support Providers (LSPs). The user-level Firefox document is here and includes general availability, configuration, documentation, and support information. This page was last modified on Sunday, 06-Jan-2013 11:27:36 EST.
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly suggests that support providers refrain from installing Firefox versions 4 and up if they have clients using Firefox to access Oracle EPM/Hyperion or Health System applications.
Support providers who do not run these specific applications also may wish refrain from updating to Firefox versions 4 and up, at least until specific applications in use in their Schools, Centers, or departments are validated.
ISC maintains a detailed page on the specific desktop environment requirements for systems such as BEN Financials, the University's budget planning applications (Oracle EPM/Hyperion), and Webi/Business Objects here.
All versions of Firefox 3.6.x automatically update to the latest available version of Firefox 3.6.x, currently 3.6.28 while Firefox 4 and above automatically update to the latest available version of Firefox, currently 21.0.0. ISC strongly suggests allowing these update processes to complete.
Product History At The University
The 2005 web browser evaluation team evaluated Firefox 1.0.x in Spring 2005 and gave it supported and recommended status for Fiscal 2006. This status was transferred to Firefox 1.5.x for Fiscal 2007 (Firefox 126.96.36.199 for OS X was the first version of Firefox with Universal binary support). However, Mozilla stopped maintaining Firefox 1.5.0.x with security and stability updates on April 24, 2007, so the University moved to Firefox 2.0.0.x.
Mozilla released Firefox 2.0 on October 24th, 2006. The 2007 web browser evaluation team evaluated Firefox 2.0.0.x in Spring 2007 and gave it supported and recommended status for Fiscal 2008.
Firefox 3.0 was released in June 2008 and ISC phased in support for it over a three month period following release. Mozilla stopped maintaining Firefox 2.0.0.x in December 2008.
Firefox 3.5 was released in June 2009 and ISC phased in support for Firefox 3.5 over a six month period following release. Mozilla stopped maintaining Firefox 3.0.x in January 2010.
Firefox 3.6 was released in January 2010. ISC phased in support for Firefox 3.6.x over a six month period following release, and Firefox 3.6.x is supported and recommended for Fiscal 2012. Mozilla stopped maintaining Firefox 3.6.x in April 2012.
Firefox 4.0 was released on March 22, 2011.
In accordance with Mozilla's new release numbering plans Firefox 5.0 was released on June 20, 2011. Firefox 5 was given supported status for Fiscal 2012. Firefox .current (currently version 21.0.0) and Firefox 10esr were given supported status for Fiscal 2013.
Windows 8 Compatibility
Firefox versions 16.0.2 and above function correctly in Windows 8.
OS X Mountain Lion Compatibility
Firefox versions 14.0.1 and above function correctly in OS X Mountain Lion.
Extended Support Release (ESR)
Firefox 10esr is intended as the long-term support replacement for Firefox 3.6.x. Proposed as a more enterprise-friendly alternative to the 'rapid release' cycle, Firefox 10esr will receive patches for bugs rated 'Critical' and 'High' within Mozilla's internal bug tracking system, but will not receive any feature updates. Mozilla intends to support each Extended Support Release for 54 weeks, and will have an updated version available 42 weeks after release. Firefox 10esr is considered the replacement for Firefox 3.6.x. Firefox 3.6.x met End-of-Life (EOL) on April 24th, 2012. Firefox 17esr was released in November 2012 and Firefox 10esr will be EOL'ed in February 2013.
Extended Support Release updates of Firefox will receive less rigorous testing than primary releases of Firefox, but will need less testing overall as the updates are relegated to security fixes and should be more stable. The Firefox ESR is an alternate download, and will not be publicized the same way as standard Firefox releases. Firefox Mobile (for Android) will not be available as an ESR.
More information about the Extended Support Release is available here.