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Mozilla to launch enterprise Firefox this month with 7X slower pace

Responds to enterprise worries with slower schedule; new version ships every 42 weeks

Mozilla yesterday said it will kick off a slower-paced Firefox release schedule for enterprises at the end of this month.

The new version -- Firefox ESR, which stands for Extended Support Release -- is Mozilla's response to backlash earlier this year against its scheme to ship a new edition of the browser every six weeks.

Firefox ESR will release every 42 weeks, seven times the usual pace, and because Mozilla will support the current ESR edition for an additional 12 weeks after the next version appears, a single edition will be supported with security patches for 54 weeks, or just over a year.

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