While working on upcoming releases of its open source browser, such as versions 3.6 and 3.7, Mozilla is also continuing to ensure the evolution of current support variants. Starting today, September 9, 2009, users will be able to download Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14. In a Firefox / Gecko Development Meeting on September 8, Mozilla indicated that Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 would be made available for download the following day. And, sure enough, the next steps in the evolution of Firefox 3.0 and Firefox 3.5 are currently up for grabs.
Both releases are designed to refresh the stable versions of Firefox. In this regard, Mozilla is offering both Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 as stability and security updates designed to resolve any issues, including to plug vulnerabilities identified in the previously released builds.
Mozilla has confirmed that users currently running Firefox 3.0.14 will be bumped to version 3.5.3. It appears that all users of 3.0.14 will receive a Major Update Offer to Firefox 3.5.3. In addition, those running 3.0.14 will be able to make the jump to 3.5.3 just by using the “Check for updates” option. According to Mozilla, all users of previous versions of Firefox will be served a major update offer around September 30th, 2009.
“Starting with the upcoming releases of Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14, Mozilla will warn users if their version of the popular Adobe Flash Player plugin is out of date. Old versions of plugins can cause crashes and other stability problems, and can also be a significant security risk. For now our focus is on the Adobe Flash Player both because of its popularity and because some studies have shown that as many as 80% of users currently have an out of date version,” Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox at Mozilla Corporation, stated.
Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 for Windows are available for download here.
Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 for Mac OS X are available for download here.
Firefox 3.5.3 for Linux is available for download here.
Firefox 3.0.14 for Linux is available for download here.