firefox and dapper after april on LTS
Bry Paula Melvin
brymelvin at melvinart.com
Thu Feb 15 02:44:30 UTC 2007
On Wednesday 14 February 2007 18:04, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> Bry Paula Melvin <brymelvin at melvinart.com> writes:
> > Looking toward the future I see Firefox1.5 will no longer be supported
> > upstream as of April.
> > For LTS users that will apparently leave Ubuntu without and Kubuntu
> > with only konqueror supported for security updates (for a "free"
> > browser: there is the Opera option)
> I think you are making a dangerous and incorrect assumption here:
Not making any assumptions. logic and questioning:
Once support is stopped (april) upstream security testers will begin to ignore
it and thus even if ubuntu wanted to their maintenance might be ineffective
because someone has to FIND flaws -preferably before they are exploited. As
606 is to be supported to 2009 this would seem to be long after security
firms quit paying attention,
> You are assuming that the Mozilla Foundation terminating support for
> Firefox 1.5 will result in Ubuntu containing an unsupported browser.
> There are three other possibilities:
> One is that the Ubuntu and/or Canonical teams will take over maintenance
> of release 1.5 of Firefox.
may not be effective
> One is that another, third party, team will take over maintenance.
possible but unlikely,
> The final option is that an update to the LTS release that includes a
> newer (and supported) version of Firefox will be issued.
ISTR previous comments on this subject at which it was pointed out that you
could use the targz from Mozilla ...true for pc Already have installed FF2 on
This might be something no one else has looked at yet.
They want business and small business to use LTS...good...LTS is a good start
for those that are not hobbiests, I'm looking at what I need to change in my
small business over the next 60 days. Whether I need to ween people off
firefox...or compile it and test it myself as there IS no ppc targz for 2.x.
Or whether on ppc LTS I just take a chance on safety through obscurity,
> In other words: I think you are worried that the sky will fall on your
> head -- when, as with other things, that is pretty unlikely to actually
> happen with the Ubuntu/Canonical team behind the LTS release.
No No sky falling in...but just looking ahead. As a small business we have no
intention of using anything but LTS versions,(so no edgy or fiesty) and as
this is the first LTS there is no track record to look at. And planning ahead
is usually adviseable. So is questioning things. I used to have a sign on my
desk saying "Piss poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency
on our part." Thus the questioning 6 weeks in advance. :-)
I thought there is a possibility that someone on this list may be privy to the
plans regarding this item as the issue becomes a factor in 6 weeks,
If need be I'll do it from source myself,as I have for another item (hplip)
but I'd prefer spending my time producing the paintings my business sells
prints of :-)
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