Fwd: Announcing the next Extended Support Release of Firefox - ESR60 with policy engine

Sylvestre Ledru sylvestre at mozilla.com
Wed Dec 20 15:42:32 UTC 2017


Earlier today, we announced on the enterprise ML several changes to ESR.

First, as Dave Camp mentioned during the Firefox All Hands, we are started some developments to improve
our support for enterprise users.
More information can be found on the wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/EnterprisePolicies

Second, we will branch ESR from 60 instead of 59.
This will give us more time to work on the Enterprise policies.
Also, In parallel, this means that we will have more time to delete old/dead code before branching.
As a disguised advertisement, I am using this email to remind that Marco Castelluccio's tool
https://marco-c.github.io/code-coverage-reports/ is your best friend to find dead code [1].

Last but not least, we also warned our enterprise users that ESR52.9 (EOL August 28th) will be the last release supporting legacy add-ons.

The wiki and the ESR FAQ have been updated: https://wiki.mozilla.org/RapidRelease/Calendar


PS: Also, for people on these two MLs who are still using Windows XP, you'll get a few more weeks to update ;)

[1] meta bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1415819

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Announcing the next Extended Support Release of Firefox - ESR60 with policy engine
Date: 	Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:06:57 +0100
From: 	Sylvestre Ledru <sylvestre at mozilla.com>
To: 	enterprise at mozilla.org <enterprise at mozilla.org>

The Firefox ESR (extended support release) is based on an official release of Firefox desktop for use by organizations including schools, universities, businesses and others who need extended support for mass deployments. Since Firefox 10, ESR has grown in popularity and many large organizations
rely on it to let their employees browse the Internet securely.

We want to make customization of Firefox deployments simpler for system administrators and we’re pleased to announce that our next ESR version, Firefox 60, will include a policy engine that increases customization possibilities and integration into existing management systems.

What is the policy engine?
The Policy Engine is a project to build a Firefox desktop configuration and customization feature for enterprise users. The policy engine will work with any tool that wants to set policies and we intend to bring Windows Group Policy support soon. We’ll be initially supporting a limited set of
policies but this will be evolving through user feedback.
More details on the policy engine can be found here. <https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/EnterprisePolicies>
Bug reference <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1419102>

What’s the plan?
In order to accommodate the group policy implementation, we are making Firefox 60 our next ESR version and will be following this plan:

  * May 8th - ESR 60.0 released (we’d love feedback from early adopters at that point and will be sharing a feedback form through the enterprise mailing list)
  * July 3rd - ESR 60.1 released
  * August 28th - End of life for ESR 52 and release of ESR 60.2.0. No further updates will be offered for ESR52 and an update to ESR60.0.2 will be provided through the application update service

Also please keep in mind that Firefox 57, released last month, supports only add-ons built with theWebExtensions API <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/WebExtensions>. This means that Firefox 52 ESR is the last release that will support legacy add-ons.  If you developed an add-on that has
not been updated to the WebExtensions API, there is still time to do so.Documentation <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/WebExtensions/Porting_a_legacy_Firefox_add-on>is available, and you can ask questions by emailing dev-addons at mozilla.orgor joining the #webextensions channel
atirc.mozilla.org <http://irc.mozilla.org>.
If you are supporting users who use add-ons, now is a good time to encourage them tocheck if their add-on works <https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/frequently-asked-questions-firefox-addon>with Firefox 57+.

Erin, Felipe, Jeff, Kev, Mike Kaply, Romain, Shell & Sylvestre

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