Mozilla to Push out Silent Updates for Firefox 10

The folks over at Mozilla once updated their version 4 browser behind the scenes with no user intervention. Mozilla ceased what are being called ‘silent updates’ and after version 4 left the decision up to the user whether to accept an update or not. But this now seems to be coming to an end when the company introduces its newest Firefox version 10 for public consumption. Google has had a similar policy in place and it appears Mozilla has decided to follow Google’s lead.

The Mozilla team has been on a quest that is starting to alienate some consumers and which can only be described as ‘update fatigue.’ Mozilla has been pushing out updates every six weeks or so and the process has not always been bug free. For those people who write add-ons for the Firefox browser, they must feel that they are on a merry-go-round with no off switch. These developers of the add-ons must continually update their products to keep up with the constant changes as well.

Mozilla to Push out Silent Updates for Firefox 10What is disturbing about the entire update process is that Mozilla has decided to override the built in UAC that was developed to protect the Windows operating system. In addition, some users have experienced problems with some of the add-ons they have chosen to use on their system after an unwelcome update. Others have complained of unwanted add-ons being added without the user’s permission. What is ironic is that the team at Mozilla was critical of Google for circumventing the UAC of Windows Vista and Windows 7, which seems to be the same road that Mozilla has chosen.

I believe that Mozilla is providing too many updates, too quickly. Some of the major issues that I have complained about, like memory consumption, have been ignored for years. In my opinion, the Mozilla team needs to reevaluate its silent update proposal and hopefully not implement this process.

Just my two cents. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Timrichsr

    Firefox stopped working on my Toshiba laptop about four months ago. I uninstalled and reinstalled it but could not get it to work. I am now using Iron with satisfaction.

    • Anonymous

      Use Chrome. Chrome for the win…period.

    • ryanfarmer

      Or, you could just delete your Firefox profile, which probably got corrupted. File system problems can do that. Bad extensions can do that sometimes. Rarely, Firefox can crash in a way that does it.

      Try looking in wherever Windows keeps application data and delete the Mozilla folder. I can’t remember exactly where this is since it changes a lot and I don’t use Windows much.

  • Tom buchanan

     I agree. I haven’t accepted an upgrade in a long time because I don’t want it breaking my add-ons, specifically Perma-tab. I hope they don’t push those updates at me without authorization and break Perma-tab…that’s a sure way to drive me to Chrome.

    • Anonymous

      Just go to Chrome. It has faster rendering engines….

  • Tom buchanan

     I agree. I haven’t accepted an upgrade in a long time because I don’t want it breaking my add-ons, specifically Perma-tab. I hope they don’t push those updates at me without authorization and break Perma-tab…that’s a sure way to drive me to Chrome.

    • Anonymous

      Just go to Chrome. It has faster rendering engines….

  • http://www.leonbacud.tk Leon Bacud

    If they’re going to do the silent update process, I think they will need to change the way addons are processed. Instead of blocking outdated plugins, put a warning or reminder which version the addon was made for.

  • http://www.leonbacud.tk Leon Bacud

    If they’re going to do the silent update process, I think they will need to change the way addons are processed. Instead of blocking outdated plugins, put a warning or reminder which version the addon was made for.

  • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

    What I think is that Mozilla is not an independent, trusted alternative any more – actually hasn’t been in a long time or maybe ever – hard to say. The desire to get FireFox to track us across tabs causes graying out hangs and lock-ups after some updates that do eventually get fixed. 

    FireFox hangs are more problematic with the new Twitter OR some addon I have installed that is related to Twitter. That has driven me to use Chrome which I seriously dislike because there aren’t obvious ways to do in it things I do all the time in FireFox (like display source, use bookmarklets for su.pr and friendfeed, make what I use all the time visible at the top or have the search box on the bottom where I’m used to having it). 

    I’m getting really tired of opening links in new tabs in Chrome, then copying and pasting them into FireFox and then copying and pasting from FireFox into Twitter in Chrome. If killing productivity is the goal they’re doing a bang-up job. (Ever notice how Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all have usability designed to slow us down?) 

    When will those in the Open Source community who are capable of doing something about it (not me, alas) realize we desperately need an Open Source INDEPENDENT EVERYTHING including a browser replacement for FireFox and an INDEPENDENT WordPress?  

    Does anyone else wonder if that is really a fox chasing its tail or a burning ring of fire similar to the Lucent logo? Some propose that Lucent is short for Lucifer’s Enterprises. If you think that sounds ridiculous, become familiar with symbolism and pay attention to logos and images. YouTube is a good place to search for occult symbolism or Illuminati symbolism.  

  • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

    What I think is that Mozilla is not an independent, trusted alternative any more – actually hasn’t been in a long time or maybe ever – hard to say. The desire to get FireFox to track us across tabs causes graying out hangs and lock-ups after some updates that do eventually get fixed. 

    FireFox hangs are more problematic with the new Twitter OR some addon I have installed that is related to Twitter. That has driven me to use Chrome which I seriously dislike because there aren’t obvious ways to do in it things I do all the time in FireFox (like display source, use bookmarklets for su.pr and friendfeed, make what I use all the time visible at the top or have the search box on the bottom where I’m used to having it). 

    I’m getting really tired of opening links in new tabs in Chrome, then copying and pasting them into FireFox and then copying and pasting from FireFox into Twitter in Chrome. If killing productivity is the goal they’re doing a bang-up job. (Ever notice how Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all have usability designed to slow us down?) 

    When will those in the Open Source community who are capable of doing something about it (not me, alas) realize we desperately need an Open Source INDEPENDENT EVERYTHING including a browser replacement for FireFox and an INDEPENDENT WordPress?  

    Does anyone else wonder if that is really a fox chasing its tail or a burning ring of fire similar to the Lucent logo? Some propose that Lucent is short for Lucifer’s Enterprises. If you think that sounds ridiculous, become familiar with symbolism and pay attention to logos and images. YouTube is a good place to search for occult symbolism or Illuminati symbolism.  

  • Yousuf Ali

    What you said about developers is wrong, they use the beta version of the nightly build, not the final one/

  • Yousuf Ali

    What you said about developers is wrong, they use the beta version of the nightly build, not the final one/

  • Guest

    I can live with the inconveniences of Firefox, I have more confidence in it than most anything else available.

    What truly bugs me today is the ‘RECOMMENDED FOR YOU’ box in the LR corner on the Lockergnome pages.

    I do not care about, “Want The Classic Menu Back In Word 2007? ~ LockerGnome IT Professionals”, and would much prefer this pseudo pop-up disappear.

    Please lose “The Slide.”

    • Anonymous

      Why not use AdBlock and block the element altogether? I don’t have it blocked, but I that might help you.

  • Guest

    I can live with the inconveniences of Firefox, I have more confidence in it than most anything else available.

    What truly bugs me today is the ‘RECOMMENDED FOR YOU’ box in the LR corner on the Lockergnome pages.

    I do not care about, “Want The Classic Menu Back In Word 2007? ~ LockerGnome IT Professionals”, and would much prefer this pseudo pop-up disappear.

    Please lose “The Slide.”

    • Anonymous

      Why not use AdBlock and block the element altogether? I don’t have it blocked, but I that might help you.

  • ryanfarmer

    The UAC is useless as demonstrated by the catapult example (at least in Windows 7) unless you set it to always prompt regardless of who signed what.

    I don’t consider per-user software installations in the user’s folder to be a gross abuse, UAC was primarily intended to keep one user from screwing up the system or other users accounts. If an unpriveleged user gets to install a program that will only run as them in an area of the system they control, where is the harm?

    Firefox has been fixing the memory bloat problem in the memshrink program, the results of which should be in Firefox 7 or later (it’s still ongoing). At this point they already use less RAM than Opera, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

    Maybe browsers as a whole are just too big, but Firefox is not the worst offender. Besides, there are a lot of browsers that are bigger than Firefox and do less (like IE).

    Without automated updates, you end up with a bunch of people using software you released more than 10 years ago. (IE 6) And nobody should want to support their ancient software forever because some people are too stupid to upgrade.

    Now, if the frequent upgrades bother you, Firefox is considering “long term support” releases every once in a while, those will update from that long term support branch, and people that want to stay secure without major invasive new features coming in and compatibility breakages should park themselves there.

  • ryanfarmer

    The UAC is useless as demonstrated by the catapult example (at least in Windows 7) unless you set it to always prompt regardless of who signed what.

    I don’t consider per-user software installations in the user’s folder to be a gross abuse, UAC was primarily intended to keep one user from screwing up the system or other users accounts. If an unpriveleged user gets to install a program that will only run as them in an area of the system they control, where is the harm?

    Firefox has been fixing the memory bloat problem in the memshrink program, the results of which should be in Firefox 7 or later (it’s still ongoing). At this point they already use less RAM than Opera, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

    Maybe browsers as a whole are just too big, but Firefox is not the worst offender. Besides, there are a lot of browsers that are bigger than Firefox and do less (like IE).

    Without automated updates, you end up with a bunch of people using software you released more than 10 years ago. (IE 6) And nobody should want to support their ancient software forever because some people are too stupid to upgrade.

    Now, if the frequent upgrades bother you, Firefox is considering “long term support” releases every once in a while, those will update from that long term support branch, and people that want to stay secure without major invasive new features coming in and compatibility breakages should park themselves there.

  • Eye4bear

    I agree, those “recommended for you” Lockergnone pop ups are pure crap!

    • Anonymous

      I use them, but you can get AdBlock for your browser and block the element altogether.

  • Anonymous

    I use them, but you can get AdBlock for your browser and block the element altogether.

  • Anonymous

    Use Chrome. Chrome for the win…period.