Do you think Firefox updates too much?

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asked Jul 18, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
I feel like there's an update every 5 minutes! But seriously, there's a new update every 2 weeks and it's really annoying. They went from 3.6 to 14 since December. In 6 months they have 11 updates.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Mattophobia (6,997 points)
Why was this closed? It's not really a question with a dedicated answer, it's a topic of conversation.

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answered Jul 18, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Yup, they're trying to play catch up with Chrome implementing new features and what not.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Still though, you asked me how long it took me to get to 2K, that's the only thing holding me.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
I could really care less, Karma's like Gamerscore, it's just a show-off kind of thing. No value.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
And I asked you how long it took to get some sort of authority, not how much karma you had.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Mattophobia (6,997 points)
Actually, Karma has a lot of value on this site. It usually denotes how trustworthy a user is and how reliable their answers are due to this you're granted rights.  I'd hardly call it a show off thing!
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
Hmm..Maybe I should put some more effort in !
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answered Jul 18, 2012 by Lee Wood (2,385 points)
Haven't been an Firefox user for a few years now, but have they not started doing Background updates yet?

I never notice Chrome updating, that is one of the many reasons I switched!
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answered Jul 19, 2012 by Xiro (4,448 points)
Fiefox has been acting up a lot lately, crashing and freezing far too often not sure what is going on.
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answered Jul 19, 2012 by Chris McCray (511 points)
It's not the frequency of updates that concerns me, but the numbering of them. It's not so long ago we were all using Firefox 3.6 and wondering whether to upgrade to Firefox 4, and now we seem to have hit some sort of [numeric turbo-boost][1] up to version 13 and soon 14 and [17 or 18][2] by the end of the year.

We're left wondering what the number actually means.  Mozilla have switched Firefox from a [change-significance][3] release number, to what seems to indicate that each successive release is a major change from the previous one. Whether the changes from [Firefox 12 to 13][4] warrant a major release number increment, well the changes sound a lot like incorporations of existing Firefox add-ons and utilities into the main package ([new tab/often-used sites][5])([load tabs progressively][6])([profile manager][7]).

["Rapid Release"][8] (as Mozilla are now calling their change/upgrade process), seems to be a very good idea.  Though in a desktop lock-down/corporate environment I'd guess sysadmins would want to push through updates on their own timeframe (every quarter?) and wouldn't have automatic updates enabled for either Firefox or Chrome.

I'd have preferred it if Mozilla had switched Firefox to a [Ubuntu-like numbering system][9], using the major number as the release-year and the minor number as the release-month.  That would've made a lot more sense to me, though maybe I'm a dinosaur in this, and that in a ["release early and release often"][10] environment, the [version number should be meaningless][11]. Roll-on version 99 - maybe it will [come with a Flake][12].


  [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Rapid_release
  [2]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Version_17
  [3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning#Change_significance
  [4]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Version_13
  [5]: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/new-tab-jumpstart/
  [6]: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/load-tabs-progressively/
  [7]: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager
  [8]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Rapid_release
  [9]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases#Table_of_versions
  [10]: http://blog.chromium.org/2010/07/release-early-release-often.html
  [11]: http://googlesystem.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/google-chromes-version-number-is.html
  [12]: http://www.britishette.com/2012/07/99-with-flake.html
commented Jul 19, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
^^^ I agree to the corporate lock-down environment. My school still has Firefox on 4.0.1. They never updated past 4, since it's too many updates too soon. I think Firefox would be up to 20 by the end of the year since they update every 2 weeks or so.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Chris McCray (511 points)
The [Firefox release calendar][1] says version 17 is out at the end of November, and they seem to be trying to hit a release every month or so. It'll be interesting to see if they actually release faster that this - it's good this escalating arms-race between Chrome and Firefox!  Well good for us users that aren't on locked-down desktops and can update frequently/automatically.

  [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Firefox#Version_17
commented Jul 19, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I wouldn't be surprised if Firefox already planned for Version 50, by the time 17 comes out.
commented Jul 19, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
My school has IE8 on XP -__-
commented Jul 20, 2012 by Razor512 (16,586 points)
cant wait until firefox version 49483.5783.231 coming out early in the fall :)
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answered Jul 19, 2012 by jadtechnic (2,001 points)
I don't think its that there is so many update Linux as I have noticed  has only had 3 updates over the years so far , there is the rush to play catch up which is maddening  they are developing and updating 3 to 4 version at the same time, if you have selected an option to  keep and receive  updates for all of them you most likely get  a load more then someone who is sticking  with one version and it official working updates rather then its nitely updates and patches for testing ..

i know its confusing but there are at this time several ways to install and set up firefox and it really depends on how geek ed out on FF to be honest I dont use it all that much but I have stuck with version 13 only  it has been good works when I need it updates have been no heavier then any other program on linux any how ..
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answered Nov 13, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
To go on what I was saying before earlier in the summer, YES they're updating WAY too much. The school doesn't allow me to update at all to the latest one. I could use IE 9, but I can't access any sites like YouTube with IE. I can't install Chrome because I don't have admin access. Look where I'm stuck at.

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commented Nov 13, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
1. Why are you not Admin? School PC?

2. Try Opera (http://www.opera.com)
commented Nov 13, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
1) Yes.

2) Can't. As much as I want to, I can't install anything on the computers. New school policy -_-
commented Nov 13, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
-____- Gaaay. Oh wait, our school does that too :\
commented Nov 13, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
No one's stopping me from doing it, but I don't want to risk it.
commented Nov 13, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
Just hide it lol make a random folder deep in the C: drive, and make a shortcut. Right click Desktop > View > Desktop Icons when teachers are around
commented Nov 14, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I can't make folders bro. This laptop is literally locked down to the bones. You can't right click, and all of the explorer options are locked down to the bare essentials.
commented Nov 14, 2012 by Cameron (2,116 points)
Now come on our school doesn't do THAT sheesh
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answered Dec 5, 2012 by Timtubemaster (1 point)
Yes. Too many updates. I think that Firefox should get less frequent.
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answered Dec 5, 2012 by Timtubemaster (1 point)
Yes. Too many updates. I think that Firefox should get less frequent.
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answered Dec 6, 2012 by Juancastim135 (410 points)
Firefox updates as fast as Chrome, they just make it note better, chrome just updates and doesnt make a big deal of it
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answered Dec 9, 2012 by gbyers (171 points)
I never notice updates because chrome updates when you releunch it in the background :)
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