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> Red Hat support Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Extended Support Releases (ESR)
 Posted: Mar 14 2012, 11:54 AM
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Mozilla has made an Extended Support Release (ESR) of Firefox available for enterprise users. Will Red Hat Enterprise Linux use the ESR release of Firefox or the rapid release consumer version in the future?

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In January 2012, Mozilla released the first version of Firefox ESR. Red Hat will incorporate this version of Firefox in supported versions of RHEL 5 and RHEL 6 starting in February 2012. Red Hat will continue to support the ESR version of Firefox and will continue to update Firefox ESR when new versions are available. We encourage users to standardize on this browser and take advantage of Red Hat’s commitment to security, stability, and supportability in Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

More details can be found here.

If you want to use the "consumer" versions you might want to check out this topic.
 Posted: Mar 18 2012, 11:29 PM
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Well, it's a step in the right direction. But FF has already gone a fair ways down the road of being actively antithetical to corporate use. As an admin, what I keep running into is Firefox going way out of its way to "empower the end user". That might be great for home users. But for corporate use, they need to be empowering the computer and network owners and admins, not the end user employees.

Case in point, transparently adding an extension like adblock+. The Mozilla folks have gone to quite some trouble to prevent computer vendors from being able to include extensions without the user explicitly allowing them. It also prevents the system administrator from rolling out an extension without the user clicking "OK" to allow it.

That's brain damage enough.

But to make matters worse, in many versions of FF (including 3.6) that popup fails to trigger.

This problem, and other similar "designed for home user" issues are why we standardized on Epiphany, and are migrating to Chrome rather than FF.
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