Interim Update: Firefox 3 Certification With Apps 11i + 12

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Some of you have been escalating your requests for updates on our upcoming Firefox 3 certification through Oracle Support and your Oracle account managers.  These escalations ultimately end up in my beleaguered inbox. The buck stops here.

We are acutely aware that the clock is ticking for Firefox 2.  Our certification of Firefox 3 with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 is still underway.  As I've discussed previously, I am strictly prohibited from discussing release dates of upcoming certifications or products.  I can, however, share our progress on this certification.

Pre-Certification Issues with Firefox 3

We will not release our certification of Firefox 3 until we fix all compatibility problems with the E-Business Suite.  As of today, we have compiled a comprehensive inventory of all Firefox 3-related incompatibilities with E-Business Suite 11i and 12.  Automated and manual regression tests have been completed for all 240 or so E-Business Suite products. Here's the breakdown of the bugs that we've encountered:

  • Release 11i: 16 bugs found, 9 closed, all traced back to 5 root causes. 7 bugs are still open.
  • Release 12: 11 bugs found, traced back to 7 root causes. 11 bugs are still open.

To give you a deeper glimpse into the certification process, here are some samples of the issues that we have encountered with Release 12:

  • Forms cannot be launched although JInitiator is installed correctly
  • Prompt text wraps on some buttons but not others
  • LOV Modal windows don't render when defining profile values
  • Show Pool Monitor on Diagnostics fails
  • Certain PPR actions do not fire when tabbing between fields
  • Cannot set Start Page through General Preferences
  • Personalize page icon doesn't work when searching on the Application Catalog
  • Certain windows do not render properly on Manage Personalizations pages

What's Next?

Our OAF and UIX teams are working on resolving these bugs right now.  We've already received a number of patches and are retesting them in centralised environments.  Some bugs are still under investigation; we don't have patches for those yet.

I'll post more details about this certification as soon as they're available.  In the interim, you're welcome to post questions here.  At this risk of being pedantic, please remember that I will be unable to answer any questions about estimated release dates, timeframes, or schedules.

Comments:

Pretty Cool Steven, and as always, thanks.

The more barriers that fall to my end users using open source software and not requiring Windows/IE, the better.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on November 15, 2008 at 03:27 AM PST #

Thanks for fixing this issue. As soon as FF is resolved I know there will be a huge sigh of relief for companies that have installed EBS on Linux and for us that want/need access to EBS on other than M$ systems. I for one can hardly wait until the day that IE is no longer a requirement but a true option.

Posted by Don Williams on December 04, 2008 at 05:42 AM PST #

Firefox 3.1 is coming soon next year, just yesterday Mozilla released Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 and Beta 3 slated for January or Febuary. And development has already begun on Firefox 3.2. What is Oracle's position on support for future releases of Firefox, will Oracle test and note down what needs to be fixed in order to work on Firefox 3.1 and later Firefox 3.2?

Posted by Firefox on December 09, 2008 at 09:11 PM PST #

Yes, we expect to continue our certification of the E-Business Suite with future Firefox releases, including Firefox 3.1 and 3.2. The usual caveats apply, naturally -- this is all subject to our ability to resolve any compatibility that we encounter during our certification process.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 10, 2008 at 03:47 AM PST #

Steven,
It has been a month since this update, can we get the latest progress in this certification?

Posted by Dave Goldstein on December 12, 2008 at 01:49 AM PST #

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0.5 and Firefox 2.0.0.19 today.

Firefox 2 is officially retired and discontinued its support status and will no longer be updated by Mozilla. Also the Phishing Filter has been removed in the last release, requested by Google since Firefox 2 uses the old, obsolete and will no longer be supported Safe Browsing 1.0 API protocol.

Posted by Firefox on December 16, 2008 at 08:03 AM PST #

I am sure that this will be the hot topic for debate for all Firefox 3 Lovers. We are waiting for compatibility of R11i or R12 with FF3 :).

Regards,
Jithendra

Posted by Jithendra on January 14, 2009 at 07:36 PM PST #

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