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Mozilla says there are still 12 million Internet users rocking Firefox 3.5, and as far as Mozilla is concerned, that's 12 million too many. As such, the open source browser maker is planning a funeral for Firefox 3.5 and has come up with a plan to get stragglers to step up to a newer version, preferably the latest build.
"We need a plan to obsolete Firefox 3.5 as we can't support it into perpetuity," Mozilla states on a wiki page. "We have been frustrated with our efforts to move users off of old releases and are worried too many people do not upgrade and are on vulnerable and unsupported versions of Firefox."
The first part of Mozilla's plan entails updating Firefox 3.5 to version 3.6.18 for anyone who has automatic updates enabled. Mozilla would prefer that users make the jump to version 4.0, but will push 3.6.18 because the company considers that version to be the security upgrade for 3.5.
"We are treating the automatic update checkbox enabled as a 'Yes, I want Mozilla to keep me updated.' Previously as a courtesy we had people opt-in between major versions due to the potential jarring nature of the update," Christian Legnitto, Firefox release manager, wrote in a message posted to a developer mailing list. "We feel the difference between 3.5 and 3.6 is not severe and with 3.5 reaching end-of-life 3.6 *is* the security update for 3.5 users. Of course, we prefer people voluntarily install Firefox 4, but a minimum we want them on a release that is getting active security updates."
Before these updates are pushed out, Mozilla plans to start warning Firefox 3.5 users that they're running an out of date browser that is "no longer protected against online attacks."
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