Firefox vs Firefox ESR
Posted by nick0268
on Thu 2 Feb 2017 at 05:08
For some time, Firefox ESR is used as default in Debian. However, the alleged advantages of this ESR version are continually overshadowed by the negative effects. The fact is, that Firefox ESR is statistically much more uncertain than the regular Firefox version. Especially with regard to safety gaps. A browser has never a fixed status, and is far more than only just fixing bugs, but just the advancement that adds novelties and enhancements, contributes significantly to security. A Firefox ESR is a fatal error. And at what price? When was the regular Firefox ever unstable or critical in terms of reliability? I have been a Firefox user for a very long time, but the default under Debian, Firefox-ESR, is absolutely incomprehensible. Apart from the particular problem of having to forego modern technologies that make web usage problematic. And simply loading the regular Firefox from the repository is not a solution, but only a superfluous workaround for a questionable standard. This also has no positive effect on new Debian users, which should be considered.
I am not the only one who wants the regular Firefox standard to be. And compared to Chromium, whose latest build-versions are always available and are often immature, such a thing in practice with Firefox ESR should not be available at all. How does that fit together?