Mozilla has just pushed a new Firefox release to the public release ftp server. Firefox 3.6.28 has not been announced officially yet, but it is already available for download at the ftp site and download portals such as Major Geeks. Firefox users running a 3.6 version of the browser currently can upgrade their version of the browser early by downloading the new version from the official site or those downloads sites. While it is usually not problematic to do so, last minute bugs and changes may still be implemented by Mozilla so that a new final release will replace the current available version.
Mozilla’s original plan was to release Firefox 3.6.28 on April 24, the day support ends for all Firefox 3 versions. A release in March is an indicator for a security or stability update for the browser. A changelog has not been posted yet, so that we cannot say with certainty that the release is security or stability related.
It is safe to say that we will see at least one additional release of the Firefox 3.6 browser if Firefox 3.6.28 will be released in the coming days. The Firefox 3.6 chapter ends in April, and Mozilla has urged the remaining Firefox 3.6 users before to upgrade to the current stable version of the browser . Firefox 3.6 users who stick with the browser version after April will not receive security and stability updates, or any other form of updates, which makes the browser vulnerable to exploits and attacks that are fixed in the supported versions of the browser.
The decision to end support for Firefox’s 3.6 branch has been made after the first Firefox ESR version had been released. Extended Support Release versions of the browser do not follow the rapid release process. They are aimed at enterprises and businesses mainly who can’t or won’t validate new versions of the browser every 6 weeks. ESR versions of the browser on the other hand keep their major version number for seven release cycles, which equals 42 weeks.