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Since early last year adopted a policy Mozilla releases Firefox 4.0 starting from fastto the current Firefox 9.01. Although this policy has contributed to the rapiddevelopment of the browser, has not been very well received by the business sector, which requires a long-time support.

To please all types of users, Mozilla has decided to change its policy again tolaunch a hybrid model, much like Ubuntu LTS versions, while maintaining its policy of rapid releases, but adding a version ESR (Extended Support Release) per year,which enjoy support, upgrades, bug fixes and security holes, and maintain full compatibility with extensions and plugins developed for it for a year and then bereplaced by another version ESR each following year.

The first version will be the next Firefox ESR 10, which will be released within a fewweeks, and is expected to be the next version of Firefox ESR 17, so that indirectlyreveals that Mozilla Firefox will 16 this year.

Mozilla expects to recover ESR versions participation in the business sector, many of whom still remain with the longtime Firefox 3.6. We will keep you informed.

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Since its launch in January 2010, version 3.6 of Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser, has become one of the most long-lived versions when supported by Mozilla, version3.6.25 being released just three days ago the most recent and apparently forcingusers will continue to continue to update Mozilla.This resistance to change responds to the policy change and Mozilla launches its controversial fast scheme introduced since the release of Firefox 4.0 earlier thisyear, and that often causes many of the existing plug-ins and, no longer work in the new version of the browser. Factor that is frowned upon by some users, and especially by the business sector.Mozilla summarized in a chart all the progress that has enjoyed your browser due to its rapid release schedules in just 1 year, where starting with Firefox 4.0, up to the current Firefox 9.0.1, which is 7 times the performance of “old” Firefox 3.6 (and 32times that of the original Firefox 1.0), plus half the memory consuming, and announcing new features such as synchronization or arrival of new platforms such asAndroid.

Although I must point out that since the launch of Firefox 7, which cut memory usageconsiderablywe have seen little improvement in the following versionsAlthoughFirefox 10, which will be released next year looks promising.

Who knows what new developments we see in future versions of Firefox over 2012, but having tried the latest nightly version of Firefox 12, I see no significant changescompared to Firefox 10, so I assume we’ll have to wait until 13 for Firefox notice anysignificant change. We will keep you informed.