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Firefox Quantum ESR 60 Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan
Senior Director

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Mozilla Firefox Quantum Extended Support Release 60 is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2. This includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Firefox Quantum.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla offers 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.  For more details about Firefox ESR, see the Mozilla ESR FAQ.

E-Business Suite certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases Only

New personal versions of Firefox on the Rapid Release channel are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal Rapid Release 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 is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases on the Rapid Release channel with the E-Business Suite.

Plug-in Support removed in Firefox ESR 60

Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox ESR 60. This means Firefox ESR 60 cannot run Forms-based content in EBS using the Java plugin method. 

If your Firefox ESR 60 end-users run Forms-based content in EBS, you must switch from the JRE plugin to Java Web Start

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:

  1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
  2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
  3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue

EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

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.

Certified desktop operating systems

  • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Carlton Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Hi Steven, is a patch available for JWS to work on FF ESR 60? I have been trying to get this to work since 60 was announced, even opened an SR, and the response I got was that development was working on it.
  • Pieter Breugelmans Friday, June 22, 2018
    Hi Cartlon,
    You'll find all the latest required patches and configuration steps in Knowledge Document 2188898.1 Using Java Web Start with Oracle E-Business Suite. Steven's blog post above explains that we have fully tested and thus certified Firefox Quantum ESR 60 with Oracle E-Business Suite. From personal experience, I can confirm (again tested today) that it is fully functional using Java Web Start (JWS).

    Having reviewed your recent collaboration with Global Customer Support (GCS) I understand that you were having problems with JWS and Firefox Quantum ESR 60 before we had published this certification. It is important to note that this certification does not introduce any additional Java Web Start related patches.

    Assumnig that you have all the required patches installed and enabled JWS as per Knowledge Document 2188898.1, I kindly suggest that you raise a new Service Request so GCS can assist you further in finding the root cause of your initial problem.

    Kind regards,
    Pieter Breugelmans (Oracle EBS Product Development)
  • Steven Chan Friday, June 22, 2018
    Hi, Carlton,

    Another alternative would be to reopen your existing SR. Drop me an email with that SR number if it gets stuck for some reason.

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Carlton Blanks Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    Steven/Pieter, I have opened a new SR as my othre was too old, however it appears to be an issue specific to that one client. I have gotten FF 60 ESR to work on some other clients. Thanks!
  • Gunnar GuĂ°nason Thursday, September 6, 2018
    When is multisession Java Web Start due.
    It is usless without it.
  • Steven Chan Friday, September 7, 2018
    Gunnar,

    We agree that multisession is important, but I would hesitate to use the term "useless."

    We have been working on different options for delivering multiple session support using Java Web Start. We're not quite there yet, but we're working hard on this.

    At present, we're investigating the different ways that different browsers interact with Java Web Start when launching new sessions. This varies from browser to browser, and also varies if you're using Windows versus macOS.
    We're trying to find a solution where the user experience is consistent across browsers and operating system platforms.

    We have been working with the Java team to get some enhancements to support the new requirements associated with Java Web Start. We are prototyping several possible solutions now.

    Timelines for R&D projects involving new functionality are difficult to estimate accurately. We hope that our prototype will stabilize soon, but a number of successive iterations still lie ahead.

    Our functional criteria are based partly on the requirements that several large customers has noted. We hope to deliver a solution that meets their requirements, in a way that will be straightforward and familiar to previous users of the JRE plug-in predecessor.

    Do you have some specific use-cases where your organization currently uses multiple Forms sessions? For example: users need to compare A/R invoices for different cost centers/responsibilities?

    If you do, please log a Service Request with the details so that we can review the use cases.

    Regards,
    Steven
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