[Mar. 15 update: added information about Firefox ESR 52 64-bit]
Mozilla Firefox 52 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.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. 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 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 Rapid Release 52
Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox Rapid Release 52. This means that the Rapid Release version of Firefox cannot run Forms-based content in EBS.
Firefox Extended Support Release continues to offer plug-in support. End-users who need to use Forms-based content in EBS must run the Firefox Extended Support Release.
Plug-in Support removed in Firefox ESR 52 64-bit
Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox ESR 52 64-bit. This means that the Rapid Release version of Firefox cannot run Forms-based content in EBS.
Firefox Extended Support Release 32-bit continues to offer plug-in support. End-users who need to use Forms-based content in EBS must run the Firefox Extended Support Release 32-bit version.
Will EBS offer an alternative to plug-ins?
Yes. We are working on an update to EBS that allows Forms-based content to run in browsers that do not have plug-in support. See:
When will the new Java Web Start alternative be released?
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.
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.Certified desktop operating systems