Mozilla Puts Firefox 3.6 Update Plan on Hold

It was reported earlier that Mozilla was planning to prompt its Firefox 3.6 users to upgrade to the latest Firefox version 7.0.1, but now the open-source web-browser maker reportedly puts the Firefox 3.6 update plan on hold due to servers overload.

The company had planned earlier to flip a switch so as to prompt the Firefox 3.6 users to urge them to shift to latest 7.0.1 version. The reason behind this was that the Firefox 3.6 was ranked as the second most widely used version of Firefox in September and the company thought prompting the Firefox 3.6 users will encourage a good number of people to shift to the latest version.

However, the Mozilla postponed the plan for some obvious reasons.

The release manager Christian Legnitto wrote in a blog post, “The previously scheduled 3.6 to 7.0.1 advertised update is now postponed while we make sure our server capacity is sufficient for release.” He further added, “Once the investigation is complete I will communicate a new date well in advance so all stakeholders can plan accordingly.”

It is not an easy task to run the servers for major online services smoothly. It was reported by Mozilla yesterday that the company is experiencing server overload problems for Firefox Sync – a service to keep bookmarks, passwords, tabs, and other settings in step across multiple versions of the browser).

The latest Firefox 7 is a part of Mozilla’s new series of rapid-release versions of browser with smaller updates now introduced every six weeks instead of a significantly distinctive version released every year to a year and a half.

Mozilla Services Operations actively working on different issues including the rapid-release program, making Firefox update notices less interruptive, fixing add-ons compatibility issues as well as intending a slower-moving Enterprises Support Release of Firefox having a release-cycle of 42 weeks, while new ESR versions coming every 30 weeks.

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