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Firefox ESR 24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan
Senior Director
Firefox ESR logoMozilla Firefox 24 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

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.

 

Firefox ESR schedule

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 is 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, 17, and 24.

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.

E-Business Suite Prerequisites

EBS 11i
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.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.
EBS R12.0.x
  • 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.
EBS 12.1.x:
  • Base release

EBS 12.2.x:

  • Base release

Certified desktop operating systems

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP2
  • Windows XP SP3

References

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.

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Comments ( 9 )
  • Lee Graham Friday, November 15, 2013

    Hi Steve,

    Very exciting! Any chance on getting Firefox 24 ESR running on Linux certified?

    Cheers,

    Lee


  • Steven Chan Friday, November 15, 2013

    Hi, Lee,

    We currently do not have plans for certifying Linux desktops as E-Business Suite clients. We review this periodically but customer demand doesn't seem to warrant the extraordinary additional costs of certification and ongoing support. For a glimpse into those costs, see:

    Plans for Certifying Google Chrome with E-Business Suite

    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/plans_for_certifying_google_chrome

    Given your unique industry perspective, if you know of specific enterprise customers with large-scale plans to deploy Linux desktops in place of Windows, please drop me a line with the details.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Lee Graham Friday, November 15, 2013

    I figured it would be worth asking. =)


  • Steven Chan Friday, November 15, 2013

    Yes, it never hurts to ask.

    In the case of desktop client certifications, we generally follow the market and respond to customer demand. Demand for Chrome is growing, so we're making plans to add that to the roster.

    We generally do not try to create demand where none exists today -- that has not proven to be a good use of our limited resources.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Francis Tam Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Hi Steve,

    Firefox ESR 31 should be released next month. Is there a plan to get it certified quickly? Firefox ESR 24 will be supported 12 further weeks after ESR 31 is released.

    Thanks,

    Francis


  • guest Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Steve,

    Is Firefox ESR 31 certified with E-Business Suite 12.x and 12.2.x?

    Thanks,

    John


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Francis, John,

    We expect to certify Firefox ESR 31 with the E-Business Suite soon after the former is actually released publicly.

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Francis Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Since Firefox has released 31 and we will be auto upgraded from 24 ESR to 31 ESR in October, are we confident that EBS can be certified by that month? Thanks Steven as always.

    Francis


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Hi, Francis,

    As I think you're aware, I'm not permitted to speculate about release dates for certifications. This makes your question very tricky to answer without violating Oracle's Revenue Recognition policies.

    In general, we try to certify new Firefox ESR releases before the overlap with the prior version runs out. This strategy has held for all Firefox ESR releases so far, and I don't have any reason to think that it might not hold for future releases, too.

    I'll post updates on this blog as soon as possible.

    Regards,

    Steven


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