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Windows 7: Mozilla Plans Silent Updates for Firefox

06 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 
Mozilla Plans Silent Updates for Firefox

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Computerworld - Taking a page from rival Google's playbook, Mozilla plans to introduce silent, behind-the-scenes security updating to Firefox 4.

The feature, which has gotten little attention from Mozilla, is currently "on track" to make it into the final of Firefox 4, the major upgrade slated to ship before the end of the year. Mozilla has released two beta previews of Firefox 4 in the last four weeks, and has set a third beta for next week.

Firefox 4's silent update will only be offered on Windows, Mozilla has said.
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I don't like this...

I like to be able to decide when to update.

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06 Aug 2010   #2

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Same here Win7User512.

I'd prefer to know when something is updating and decide if I want to do it now or wait for the bugs to get cleared out.

What if one of their updates crashes a bunch of systems (Take a lesson form McAfee hosing all those XP systems)
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06 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I also agree. I don't want software installed on my PC without my knowledge or permission. Even if they benefit my browsing experience it should be my decision if I want the updates or not. Especially for those of us using x64 versions. Mozilla has really been loosing momentum in my eyes lately and that's just a shame.
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06 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Saw this one quote in the article.

Unlike Google, Mozilla will let users change the default silent service to the more traditional mode, where the browser asks permission before downloading and installing any update.

So all is not lost, just have to change the default option.

Jim
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06 Aug 2010   #5

 
 

If these are security updates, isn't it necessary to apply them anyway...?
I don't have opinion, just wanna undestand...

B.O.M, would you please explain me with especially for x64 users?
I have to make my opinion, i use Beta4 and maybe will have a choice to make soon...
Edit : and i am a x64 user...
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06 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Saw this one quote in the article.

Unlike Google, Mozilla will let users change the default silent service to the more traditional mode, where the browser asks permission before downloading and installing any update.

So all is not lost, just have to change the default option.

Jim
Thanks for pointing that out. I missed that detail. I'll certainly do that. However, I'm still going to write to them, and encourage everyone else concerned to do so as well. Maybe enough pressure will change their minds. IDK.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
If these are security updates, isn't it necessary to apply them anyway...?
I don't have opinion, just wanna undestand...
Suppose there is a huge bug in the "security update." It could crash your browser, rendering it unstable. Or open you to yet another attack.
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06 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

This is a little sneaky and ironically exactly the kind of thing that MS gets dinged about by these very same people.

There is very good reason know always know when something is being updated. At inimum so that when you next try to use it and it's broken you KNOW it was because of an update. And better, if you are running some sort of critical process, you can decide to delay it. Without that knowledge then you are just left with "It worked yesterday and broke today, I have no idea why..."

XBOX game updates are manditory but you are always told that they are happening. That is bare minimum required info IMHO
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06 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Saw this one quote in the article.

Unlike Google, Mozilla will let users change the default silent service to the more traditional mode, where the browser asks permission before downloading and installing any update.

So all is not lost, just have to change the default option.

Jim

Great to know Jim. Thanks for pointing that out!
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06 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Saw this one quote in the article.

Unlike Google, Mozilla will let users change the default silent service to the more traditional mode, where the browser asks permission before downloading and installing any update.

So all is not lost, just have to change the default option.

Jim
I have used Firefox since it first came out and without this option they would have lost another user.
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06 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You mean they don't have this yet? This is the main reason I stopped using Firefox shortly after 2.0 came out.
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