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Mozilla To Push Firefox 2 Users To Upgrade

Gordon Kelly


Mozilla Will Push Firefox 2 Users To Upgrade

With its open source, not-for-profit business model Mozilla is generally regarded as one of the most flexible companies around so when it starts pushing you to do something it's worth taking notice...

Consequently in something of a groundbreaking move for the company Mozilla has revealed it will be promoting/pushing Firefox 3 (version 3.0.1, to be precise) to existing Firefox 2 owners via a series of update notices in the near future.

If you're in this category then expect to soon see an automated prompt asking you to upgrade. You will have the option to delay 24 hours or decline it outright but in the case of the latter it seems Mozilla will be back at a later date to start the push again.

Speaking to ComputerWorld, Firefox Director Mike Beltzner said "We're pretty committed to user choice, but we're also pretty ardent that Firefox 3.0 is a good product." A fair comment given its record breaking launch.

Also worth bearing in mind is Mozilla support for Firefox 2 will officially stop in December and given browsers tend to sprout more holes than your average Dutch dam you'd need a death wish to hold out after that anyway.

So unlike Microsoft where resistance is ultimately futile, here it's just bloody stupid...


via ComputerWorld


August 21, 2008, 8:12 pm

Never seen the appeal of Firefox, myself. Always prefered Opera.


August 21, 2008, 8:37 pm

@TheEvilGenius - ironically I'm exactly the opposite ;)


August 21, 2008, 9:24 pm

for me, firefox 3 is a hopelessly buggy mess, the number of times it crashes randomly on me, i have had to switch to V2 or internet explorer to browse some websites...


August 21, 2008, 10:48 pm

I've not had a single crash with Firefox 3 since leaving beta.


August 21, 2008, 10:48 pm

I've got about 8 excllent firefox v2 add-ons out of which only 2 are compatible with v3. I think mozilla will loose credability if they start to remove the free choice (without harrassment) model they've been so well know for.


August 22, 2008, 3:39 am

Well sorry Mozilla, Version 3 for me, is buggy as hell. Some pages fail to load at all. So I have just reverted to v2.0 And now at least I can use my favourite addons ( eg Adblock :-P sorry TR)

Mozilla think hard before you push us away to a different browser.........


August 22, 2008, 5:07 am

@Chocoa & YG. You do realise many add-ons don't advertise their updates through the Firefox site? Adblock Plus, Reliby and Tab Mix Plus are all compatible just search for their native sites for the latest versions.

As for reliability, have to say I'm crash free too and the loading times - particularly with Java - are quite frankly stunning, not to mention the massively reduced memory hog.


August 22, 2008, 10:06 am

Did someone say Opera..omg, we are a rare breed.

Sadly most people dont get hang of the advanced features of opera,

while i can't get around the web without a copy of opera and all my bookmarks/notes.

Its the first piece of internet software i install on any new OS..Win/Linux/Mac.

I honestly dont get the appeal of firefox either, its far too basic for me.


August 22, 2008, 7:56 pm

@gettinhigh: Rare breed? I prefer to think of us as "the elite few" ;-)


August 25, 2008, 12:26 am

@gettinhigh - that very much depends on how well you know all the third party software library for Firefox. Opera may offer more out the box (though I'm not convinced by a lot of the implementation) but he doesn't provide anything comparable my favourite Firefox add-ons.


August 25, 2008, 3:14 am

I've used Opera, and I choose to use Firefox. I'm not an advanced user by any means, but I really love the add-ons. Haven't seen anything comparable on Opera. I don't have any issues with FF like some have been relaying. It's too bad it is isn't flawless, because I really think it's one of the best pieces of software out there.


August 26, 2008, 7:32 am

@Ohmz - agreed.

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