Mozilla, is the non-profit company behind the popular Firefox browser. For most web aficionados, Firefox is simply the best browser out there. But of course, we all know that Google, now known as Alphabet, with their financial muscle, have made their Chrome browser the most popular and arguably the undisputed best. What makes Firefox such a big hit is that, like the Android operating system, it is an open source program. This invariably means that the capacity for tweaking the browser for app developers is always available. This makes the Firefox such a really flexible program.
One downside of making a program open source is that Firefox updates are rolled out too frequently. This makes the tracking of updates very essential. And more essential is knowing how these new Firefox updates change the performance of your browser. There is simply no point updating an app only to find out later it made no significant change to performance, or as a matter of fact, the new update actually introduced several bugs to your app. So Tracking Firefox updates is really important.
To help users with this, Mozilla decided to put the software on a “rapid release” schedule some years ago. Basically, this protocol helps to speed up the development and delivery of security updates, performance improvements and new features to the program. But this generated a new problem for us the users. The frequent request to restart the browser after each update can sometimes be very irritating
and put some off from using the browser; even though the benefits of going through with the process (these updates are mostly to eliminate bugs, add important plugins and address security concerns) cannot be overstated. Some argue that the interval between updates is too short, which in turn leads to ‘update fatigue’ in users.
Since the default setting in Firefox browser is set to automatic update, it seems quite obvious that the best way to stop these frequent auto updates is to tweak the browser. This can be done by going to the browser’s ‘Option’ section (in Mac, the place to tweak the settings is in the ‘Preferences’ section). In the ‘Options’ window, click ‘Advanced’, and then click the ‘update’ tab to see the default settings. While you are on the Update screen, you can check out the the update history by clicking on the ‘update history’ tab. This would give you an idea about all the recent updates to the browser. From there, you can track all the changes made to your browser. The browser displays a box showing updates that were recently installed; and you can click the ‘Details’ link next to each one to get more information that may or may not be important to you. But, there is no harm in just having a peek at it. You might learn something new.
For a more extensive history on program updates that goes farther back in time , Mozilla keeps a ‘Rapid Releases‘ page on its site that you can browse for a better understanding of what changed and when. And, if you want to see what versions are scheduled for release in the new year, the company also keeps its Rapid Release Calendar online.
Finally, just tick the appropriate box on how you want to handle all your future Firefox updates. Enjoy your browser without all those updates interrupting you. But it is advisable not to completely disable updates.