encyclo - 9:51 pm on Nov 16, 2008 (gmt 0)
By some accounts, the Firefox browser is now responsible for a full 20% of web traffic. As the number of Firefox users grows, so does the need for top-quality support; 20% makes for a large number of potential attack points. So it is interesting to note that Mozilla is now planning to end Firefox 2 support in the near future, perhaps before the end of the year. This change could leave a lot of users - and not just Firefox users - in a difficult position.
(...) There is another important aspect to this story, though: this decision will affect users well beyond those who use Firefox. The end of Firefox 2 support will also bring an end to support for the Gecko 1.8.1 platform. And this version of Gecko is used by several applications beyond Firefox, including Camino, SeaMonkey, Sunbird, Miro, Instantbird, and Thunderbird. All of these platforms currently use Gecko - the soon-to-be-discontinued version of Gecko - for HTML rendering.