Feeds

Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Forced upgrade incoming

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Mozilla is planning to shunt 12 million users, who are still surfing the web on its aged Firefox 3.5 browser, over to a more recent version.

"We need a plan to obsolete [sic] Firefox 3.5 as we can't support it into perpetuity," said Mozilla.

"We have been frustrated with our efforts to move users off of old releases and are worried too many people do not upgrade and are on vulnerable and unsupported versions of Firefox."

Ideally the open source outfit wants to see all its users upgrade to the current version of its browser - Firefox 4.0.1. However, many people still connect to the internet via computers that were released in the pre-iPad age.

Besides from that, Mozilla has committed to continuing to support Firefox 3.6, allowing older machines, such as Power PC Macs, to be able to connect to the interwebulator via that version of the browser.

To get the message across to Firefox 3.5 holdouts, Mozilla plans to issue a warning to all such users telling them they are running an out-of-date browser that is no longer supported against the threat of online attacks.

The message will be displayed through Google's default search page starting tomorrow.

"At the same time we also put a big warning on all Mozilla web properties, pointing them [users] to the new version to download," it said.

Anyone with automatic updates switched on will have Firefox 3.6.18 pushed out to them on 21 June, the same day Firefox 5 is expected to be released.

Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 in June 2009 six months later than scheduled. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.