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Mozilla will start Firefox silent updates in June


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#1 Allan

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:09 AM

Mozilla yesterday reiterated that it's still working on silent updates for Firefox, and said it should have the Chrome-like service in place by early June. In a sweeping summary of 2011's accomplishments and an outline of plans for 2012, Robert Nyman, a Mozilla technical evangelist, listed silent updates as one the projects the company will finish this year. "Updates will now be downloaded and installed silently in the background," wrote Nyman in a Wednesday post to the Hacks Mozilla blog. "Silent updates are currently planned to land in Firefox 13."

Mozilla unloads a Firefox upgrade every six weeks -- it launched Firefox 11 just two days ago -- and has Firefox 13's release on the calendar for June 5, 2012.

Full story at Computerworld here: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225235/Mozilla_will_start_Firefox_silent_updates_in_June






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Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:00 PM

Personally I don't like this idea.
I don't like when something is done to my computer without my knowledge no matter how legit it is.
I hope there will be some option to turn the "feature" off.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

I dont particularly like it either, and another problem with it is while most people are on broad band and wont notice it, there are still those with slower internet and that will suck up extra bandwidth and might really mess with their time on the internet.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

I can already hear my favorite add-ons breaking in the dark of night :)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:41 AM

I'm with Broni 100% on this one.

Just don't like any app on my machine that does something without me knowing.

Perhaps this is one more reason I'm surfing and typing this post with Opera - exploring my other options.

Allan, thanks for the news / update.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:54 AM

I have to believe there'll be an option (or an extension) to defeat the silent update.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:25 AM

I Just received a notification to install an update from FF 10 to FF 11 so will this bypass my security? My software warns me when changes are being made to all of the programs on my systems so will Mozilla be able to bypass that? If so what is the point in having security?
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

From what I know with windows vista when firefox applies an update it will ask me if I want to allow the updater program to run using the UAC dialog. Update after reading threw some of the comments on the article I discovered this

Silent updates without a UAC prompt by using a service will land in Firefox 12 around 2012-04-24.

so if Mozilla's servers get hacked the hacker can distribute malware.

Edited by firemaster1337, 17 March 2012 - 05:57 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:36 AM

*yikes*


Is that true?


Why! Why would they do this?

Thanks to everyone for shedding some light on this.


Arghh....



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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

*yikes*


Is that true?


Yes.. and if the sun burns out we'll all die of frostbite. I really wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about conspiracy theorists.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:11 AM

While I agree that I don't want anything installed on MY computer with MY consent, one can see the other side of the problem as well. With more frequent updates, it becomes extremely difficult for the Mozilla folks to support "legacy" versions of the browser. And, while many of us are happy to see a new version notification and then to download it right away, I think we are not in the majority. So, I guess it boils down to whether you trust Mozilla or not, and that organisation is one of the few I do.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

The forced silent update is the reason I uninstalled Google Chrome, a few weeks ago. Having Chrome and its update method regularly slowed my old, slow computer to become unusable for several minutes at a time. There was no way to turn this feature off. When Mozilla starts this same feature in June, I will uninstall Mozilla Firefox. There ARE other options.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:17 PM


*yikes*


Is that true?


Yes.. and if the sun burns out we'll all die of frostbite. I really wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about conspiracy theorists.


but conspiracy theories are sooooo much fun :D

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:33 PM

Well they released it
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