What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?
Mozilla has begun offering an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks. From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:
What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like? Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.
Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.
At the end of the support period for an ESR version:
- the release will reach its end-of-life
- no further updates will be offered for that version
- an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service
E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases
New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks. It is impractical for us to certify these new personal versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.
From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite will be certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases with the E-Business Suite.
As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10 and 17.
EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues
Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases.
Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases. If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:
Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues. These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released. You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.
E-Business Suite Prerequisites
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0
- Oracle E-Business Suite 184.108.40.206
- Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (220.127.116.11.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
- Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher
- Applications Framework Patch 7651759
- Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher;
- Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
- Applications Framework Patch 7602616
- Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
- Base release
Certified desktop operating systems
Your feedback is welcome
I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments. Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.