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If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Schultz » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:45 pm

If you're planning on switching to Firefox's ESR version before version 57 hits, you may want to do it before version 55 hits. Read below:

You cannot downgrade Firefox 55 profiles

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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Flemur » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:55 pm

Current ESR is v52.2.1esr - did you mean if you install FF from the repos and get a > 55 version and then you can't run ESR?
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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Schultz » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:59 pm

Based on the article, it looks like if you update to 55, then switch to the ESR version, you'll lose your profile. Do you read it the same way?

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Oh, I think I understand your question. Yes, if you get version 55 from the repos, then switch to the ESR, you'll lose your profile.

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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Flemur » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:06 pm

Schultz wrote:Based on the article, it looks like if you update to 55, then switch to the ESR version, you'll lose your profile. Do you read it the same way?

EDIT:
Oh, I think I understand your question. Yes, if you get version 55 from the repos, then switch to the ESR, you'll lose your profile.
Yeah.

FWIW, so there's no confusion, I uninstall the repo version of FF, and use the e.g. "firefox-52.2.1esr.tar.bz2" from mozilla. One reason is that I want to use exactly the same thing - version, profile, bookmarks - in Mint and Ubuntu, so it's on a DATA partition.
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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Flemur » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:28 pm

I just upgraded FF ESR to 52.2, and here's something even worser:

"Starting with Firefox 52, the PulseAudio software is required to play any audio from Firefox."

I really hate pulseaudio, so I guess I'll be stuck with FF < v52 forever.
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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Schultz » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:50 pm

Just made the switch to ESR. Here's the step-by-step instructions I followed:

viewtopic.php?p=1053056

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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Schultz » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:22 am

Firefox 55 (for Windows) just hit on majorgeeks.com, so it won't be too long before we see it for Mint in the repos.

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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by BenTrabetere » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:03 pm

Schultz wrote:If you're planning on switching to Firefox's ESR version before version 57 hits
What are the reasons an individual should consider switching to Firefox ESR? What is to gain and lose from the switch?

As I understand it the primary audience for ESR is groups and organizations because it is easier for administrators to manage and maintain. It is more stable and it receives security updates, but does not receive regular feature updates.

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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by karlchen » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:18 pm

BenTrabetere wrote:What are the reasons an individual should consider switching to Firefox ESR? What is to gain and lose from the switch?
You have just answered your own question. Did you not notice?
It (Firefox ESR) is more stable and it receives security updates, but does not receive regular feature updates.
Even home users may not appreciate that Mozilla breaks their plugins every 8 weeks when a new "major" release is published.
Extremely short release cycles are just that: extremely short. They do not improve the quality of the software which keeps getting turned up-side-down every 2 months.

Implementing security fixes in a timely fashion is vital. Changing the behaviour of your product every 2 months is mostly annoying.
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Re: If you're planning to switch to FF ESR . . .

Post by Schultz » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:08 pm

BenTrabetere wrote:
What are the reasons an individual should consider switching to Firefox ESR?
The main reason would be that FF is dropping support for "legacy" add-ons. Of course switching to the ESR version is only a temporary measure.

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