Firefox 3.6 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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[March 25, 2010: Elaborated on Firefox 3.6's incompatibility with JInitiator 1.3]

We certified Firefox 3.5 with Oracle E-Business Suite in September, 2009.  The Mozilla team released Firefox 3.6 today, and I'm very pleased to announce that Firefox 3.6 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

If you've already applied all of the prerequisites required for Firefox 3.5, you'll be happy to learn that no additional E-Business Suite patches are needed for Firefox 3.6 compatibility.  The same baseline of patches for Firefox 3.5 allow for a painless upgrade to Firefox 3.6. 

Firefox 3.6 requires "next generation Java"

Firefox 3.6 is only supported with 'next generation Java' plug-in versions JRE 1.6.0_10 (6u10) or higher. The 'Enable the next-generation Java plug-in' option within the 'Java Control Panel' may still be switched off if required.

Trying to launch Forms-based products with earlier JRE versions (JRE 1.6.0_07 or earlier or JRE 1.5.x) will prompt the user to download and install the latest available plug-in version through the Firefox 'Plugin Finder Service'. Forms will not launch until a 'next generation Java' plug-in version is installed on the desktop client.

Special Note for JInitiator Users

As noted above, Firefox 3.6 has a hard dependency on JRE 1.6.  JInitiator 1.3 is based on JRE 1.3 and will not work in Firefox 3.6. 

JInitiator is no longer supported for E-Business Suite environments.  If you upgrade to Firefox 3.6, you must ensure that your E-Business Suite environment is also switched from using JInitiator to using the native Sun JRE plug-in.  See:
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10.CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6, patch 5903765) or later
  • Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) Patch 7651759
  • Oracle Applications Technology Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.x
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) Patch 7602616
  • Oracle Applications Technology Patch 7567840, which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1
  • No additional prerequisites are required
Certified Desktop Operating Systems for Firefox 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and 3
References
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Comments:

Dears,

I have upgraded ff from 3.5.7 to 3.6 and jinitiator (1.3.1.18) do not work. It just starts and stops with message Registered modality listener.

Please help!!!

Rgds,
Michal Kumela

Posted by Michal Kumela on January 21, 2010 at 10:55 PM PST #

Long time viewer, first time commenter....

I'm always impressed at the number of certifications that you announce for Oracle technology against various 3rd party packages. Just out of sheer curiosity, do you guys have a specialized 'certification team' that is only responsible for performing certifications?

Posted by Brent Lowe on January 21, 2010 at 10:57 PM PST #

Hi, Brent,

We have several specialized teams that certify the E-Business Suite with various tools and operating system platforms. Three of those teams report to me, and the rest roll up under our Applications Platforms Group (whose work I profile here, too). New tools and OS versions are continually being announced, so our collective efforts are a lot like painting the Golden Gate Bridge -- once you're done, you get to start all over again.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 22, 2010 at 02:42 AM PST #

Hi, Michal,

As noted in the article above, Firefox 3.6 requires the JRE 1.60_10 'next generation Java' and higher.

JInitiator 1.3 is based on JRE 1.3. JRE 1.3 is desupported by Sun and will not work with Firefox 3.6. You should also note that Premier Support for JInitiator 1.3 for E-Business Suite customers ended in July 2009; see this article for details on switching over to the JRE plug-in:

Roundup: Oracle JInitiator 1.3 Desupported for EBS Customers in July 2009
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/06/roundup_oracle_jinitiator_13_desupported_in_july_2.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 22, 2010 at 02:47 AM PST #

Do you know if metalink is working fine with Firefox 3.6?
After upgrade firefox my metalink searchs are not displayed and the only way to read the information is openning in a new window or tab.

Posted by Miguel on January 26, 2010 at 09:39 PM PST #

only if I read this blog carefully! I just browsed the subject the other day, and upgraded my firefox to 3.6, then I found out I need to upgrade my java plug-in.
This sounds really familiar. :)

Posted by Tianhua Wu on January 26, 2010 at 10:53 PM PST #

Hi, Miguel,

Sorry to hear that you're having problems with Metalink and Firefox.

Our E-Business Suite certification group only tests new browsers like Firefox with the E-Business Suite itself. If you're having trouble with Metalink (My Oracle Support), your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request to get a Support specialist engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 27, 2010 at 12:57 AM PST #

Great article, Thanks. I've managed to get Oracle Discoverer working with FIrefox 3.6.... but (there's always a but) If i have to log back into Discoverer after finishing what I was doing initially and logging out, I encounter the same crash problem. The only fix is to reboot the system, which is somewhat awkward.

Any ideas would be gratefully received.

Thanks Again
Joe

Posted by Joe on February 09, 2010 at 06:06 PM PST #

Hi, Joe,

I'd like to have someone in Development look into this. Can you log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our Discoverer specialists engaged?

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 10, 2010 at 01:12 AM PST #

I am having trouble using firefox 3.6 with jinitiator (1.3.1.17) to run an oracle based application off this site.

Posted by Rachel George on February 22, 2010 at 07:27 AM PST #

Hello Rachel,

As noted in the article above, Firefox 3.6 requires the JRE 1.60_10 'next generation Java' and higher.

JInitiator 1.3 is based on JRE 1.3. JRE 1.3 is desupported by Sun and will not work with Firefox 3.6. You should also note that Premier Support for JInitiator 1.3 for E-Business Suite customers ended in July 2009; see this article for details on switching over to the JRE plug-in:

Roundup: Oracle JInitiator 1.3 Desupported for EBS Customers in July 2009
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/06/roundup_oracle_jinitiator_13_desupported_in_july_2.html

Hope this helps

Mike Shaw

Posted by Mike Shaw on February 22, 2010 at 03:32 PM PST #

FYI:
Since I upgraded to FF 3.6 yesterday, I can't get Forms to start at all. No error message.
I'm running OeBS 11.5.10+ with JInitiator 1.3.1.26
I also upgraded to JRE 1.60_18 and removed prior versions.
I've had to switch back to IE (an old IE6 to be precise), on which it works.
Both browsers as well as the "next generation JRE" are enabled/checked in my Java control panel.

Posted by Claire on February 23, 2010 at 09:01 PM PST #

Hi, Claire,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this. Firefox 3.6 doesn't work with JInitiator at all, so I suspect that that may have something to do with it. Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 24, 2010 at 02:51 AM PST #

i have upgraded firefox to version 3.6 and some of our oracle system is not working. i have the prerequisites as stated above like JRE 1.6.0_10 and i have JInitiator 1.2.1.22. before i upgrade to version 3.6 all system works well. do i have to go back to version 3.5 or is there any other solution for this problem? hope to hear some good news. thanks in advance.

Posted by Ruel on March 16, 2010 at 01:55 PM PDT #

Hi, Ruel,

As noted in the article above, Firefox 3.6 requires JRE 1.6. JInitiator 1.3 will not run in Firefox 3.6.

If you still have trouble accessing the E-Business Suite using JRE 1.6, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 17, 2010 at 01:59 AM PDT #

i've also same problem, still can't open website which is require jinitiator 1.3.1.22 i've also have been upgrade my firefox to 3.6.2 as i think this update will solve this problem. but it's still same, not working. beside i also have java update 1.6.0.18.

Posted by zuhdi on March 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM PDT #

Zudhi,

As noted in the article above, Firefox 3.6 requires JRE 1.6. JInitiator is based on JRE 1.3, so it will not work in Firefox.

If you continue to have trouble, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 25, 2010 at 02:34 AM PDT #

I downgraded back to 3.5.8 and still getting core dumps with JRE 1.3.1.9. Any ideas?

Regards, Darryl

Posted by darryl on March 30, 2010 at 03:18 AM PDT #

Hi, Darryl,

It's possible that your reinstall of 3.5.8 left behind some 3.6 components buried deep within the Windows registry.

Does your organization have legacy apps that require JRE 1.3? JRE 1.3 was released in May 2000 and was subsequently desupported by Sun a very long time ago. If you do have legacy apps like this, you should press your application vendors to get current on a supported JRE release.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 30, 2010 at 03:25 AM PDT #

I have tried to use Firefox 3.6 for Solaris 10 and I have noticed that I am having troubles with Weblogic 8.1 SP6. Could this be because Weblogic 8.1 uses JRE 1.4 and that is why it is not displaying the JAVA page?
Jim

Posted by James on March 30, 2010 at 06:40 AM PDT #

Hi, Jim,

Entirely possible. You might wish to log an SR against WebLogic to confirm that, though (I don't have much hands-on experience with Firefox+WLS combinations).

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 30, 2010 at 07:17 AM PDT #

I have unintentionally upgraded to Firefox 3.6.6 recently and until then the browser doesn’t work with EBS . Can someone help me .
Thanks
Cestmir

Posted by Cestmir on July 20, 2010 at 09:05 PM PDT #

Hi, Cestmir,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this. Firefox 3.6.6 has been certified with the E-Business Suite. I'd like to have someone investigate this to determine whether this is due to your setup or some deeper issue with Firefox compatibility. Can you log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged?

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 21, 2010 at 01:44 AM PDT #

To configure Firefox 3.6 browser under Linux client with Oracle Applications R12 do following

1. Download >= JRE 1.6.0_10 (download 32 or 64 bit version, depends on your platform.
2. extract this JRE to folder /usr
3. cd $HOME/.mozilla/plugins (if you don't have it create it!)
3. make a symbolic link ln -s /usr/jre1.6.0_27/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so libnpjp2.so
4. Apply mandatory patches if you are using 12.0.6 R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later, Patch 7602616, Patch 7567840
5. Restart Firefox
6. That's all folks!

Posted by Anton Zolotarev on August 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM PDT #

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