For those out of the loop… Firefox 10 ESR is Mozilla’s attempt at trying to recoup some of their market share by catering (I use this word very loosely) to enterprise companies by now offering a deploy-able and supposed customizable Firefox package.
Now, personally, I’ve been deploying Firefox for some time by using Frontmotion .msi packages, those guys are great and will pack up a tidy .msi in no time which can then be edited in Orca to disable features such as Auto Update etc…
But none the less, Mozilla are giving it a whirl despite 7 months ago telling enterprise customers to “Drop Dead” (Source).
So, without further ado here are the gory details of Mozilla’s attempt to leap back up on market share.
Mozilla will offer an Extended Support Release (ESR) based on an official release of Desktop Firefox. Releases will be initially maintained for nine release cycles (currently 54 weeks, which is close to the target of 52 weeks the proposal is attempting to hit), with point releases coinciding with regular Firefox releases.
To permit organizations sufficient time for testing and certification, the ESR will have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release. This will allow organizations who control updates (e.g. have disabled automated updates) to Firefox to qualify and test against Aurora and Beta builds for twelve weeks leading up to the ESR, and an additional 12 weeks to certify and transition to a new ESR. Organizations that rely on Firefox’s built-in updater may be limited to a transition period of 6 weeks, dependant upon how the ESR releases are maintained.
The proposal can be read here.
Now, whilst I don’t totally agree with what is proposed I’ve gone ahead and deployed it to all non-developers within my organization.
Hold on a second, where can you download it?
Ah, well this was the very very first issue I had. Even though it had been released, finding the actual download was quite an issue even with my expertise in google-fu.
You can find the downloads tucked away on the Down…wait no, the FAQ page (I must confess since the first draft of this post there is now a download page located here)
Wait… it’s an .exe, enterprise??
Yeh well… uhmm.. :/ I don’t know
And, how to deploy?
Personally, I used PDQDeploy to deploy it, but you can use any of the usual methods of PSEXEC, GPO etc to get it done.
One thing you’ll want to know is the silent switch which is simple /s or I believe -ms this will allow you to deploy it and to have it install without user interaction.
Also from what I can gather is it can install over the top of previous Firefox installs, but this made need a little more testing!
Best of luck!