Re: Firefox extended support release
JM Casey <crystallogic@...>
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Fair enough. But when you have browsers becoming unsupported and going further “out-of-date”, often various elements of the web simply no longer work right. We’re seeing this already with Internet Explorer, even though technically it *is* still supported by Microsoft. There are also security holes in the browsers themselves that, once discovered, literally need to be patched even though they never bothered anybody until said discovery. I know Mozilla was just alerted to one they deemed “critical” just the other week. I know everyone can be a bit alarmist about computer security at times, and I know updates can be a pain, but I think the web browser is one piece of software I would like to keep current, and would especially advise those who might not be quite as savvy as others that they should probably do this.
I totally understand not wanting to pay for JAWS updates. It is unfortunate that FS didn’t backport Firefox Quantum support to at least JAWS 18, since they did so with Edge support. But there are alternatives. NVDA for instance works great with Firefox today. I did pay for a JAWS upgrade and I’m still not happy with JAWS Firefox support, as there’s a bug that causes it to keep crashing on at least some of our machines.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: September 15, 2018 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: Firefox extended support release
Well, I did this for a number of years. I use Eset NOD32 as my antivirus, and I turned off all the threat measures in Firefox. I don’t need multilayers of protection, as long as my antivirus and firewall are working and up-to-date.
If I were going to help someone do this, I would give them caveats, but many people don’t want to pay for another version of JAWS, and may want to stay with their same browser.
You seem to know what you’re talking about in this group and so I don’t want to come off as overly critical….
But are you sure helping people to do this is really a worthy cause? At least, without some important caveats?
Mozilla themselves do not recommend doing this. Version 52 won’t even be receiving security updates anymore. I suppose it’s all right, so long as people understand that it should be only a temporary measure til they get around to switching to a different course.
Hi, Marilyn. The problem is that whichever version of Firefox you had previously, it updated automatically, and, because you don’t have JAWS 2018, Firefox 62.0 will not work with your version of JAWS.
The only thing to do is to download an earlier version of Firefox and, after installing it, make sure you disable automatic updating of Firefox. This takes a few steps to make sure it doesn’t update.
If you are interested, Write back. I’ll have you call me, and I’ll also walk you through the process of disabling any future updates.
I checked on my desktop and Firefox is there but I cannot tell what version it is.
The whole message says “Display of tab content has been disabled. Update your screenreader software or switch to Firefox extended support release.”
My laptop is set to automatically do updates, so I don’t know what the problem is.
Is that the whole extent of the message you are getting? It doesn’t sound like it’s telling you to do anything. Do you use firefox already? What version?
Yesterday I had no problems with opening a link in the body of certain emails, but now I’m getting a prompt that says the link cannot open and I should do the following: “Firefox extended support release.”
What does this mean? How would I go about doing this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much.