View Full Version : Firefox PPA should be default for LTS releases

June 2nd, 2011, 07:46 PM
My experience so far with ubuntu has been that Firefox is not on a rolling release schedule. If I want the latest version, I need to download the .deb or install the mozilla PPA. Google has announced it will only support the two newest web browser versions beginning August 1, 2011: http://www.ghacks.net/2011/06/02/google-drops-support-for-old-browsers/

This means LTS adopters are going to have an out of date web browser within 6 months of release if a rolling release isn't adopted by ubuntu. Why not just ship the PPA as default?

Interesting article that discusses the PPA and the underlying problems with ubuntu's current update scheme:

June 2nd, 2011, 08:09 PM
Whats wrong with adding a PPA... you technically have to do so just to install Google's Chrome, if you don't wish to use Chromium.
Adding a PPA is pretty easy

June 2nd, 2011, 08:17 PM
Firefox already is "rolling release" for Ubuntu. For example 8.04 Hardy shipped with Firefox 3.0 but upgraded to 3.6 when 3.0 reached its end of support. I assume this trend will continue with 10.04 (which currently uses the stable and well-supported 3.6.17).

June 2nd, 2011, 10:03 PM
Didn't say they might reconsider their policy on updating firefox, now that firefox has a faster release schedule?

June 2nd, 2011, 10:49 PM