By now you must have heard about the silent update feature that Mozilla is currently working on for the Firefox web browser. I first covered silent updates back in October of 2010 when Mozilla started to announce plans to integrate a better updating mechanism into the browser. The basic idea behind the move was to improve the updating process for the user. As of now, updates are applied to the browser on start up, which may prevent Firefox users from using the browser when it gets started on the system. Vista and Windows 7 users furthermore may see UAC prompts when Firefox is updated, which need to be resolved as well before updates can be applied.
The silent update feature is made up of three core components, of which one is already integrated into the current stable version of the browser.
Firefox users who do not want the Mozilla Maintenance Service on their system can block it in the Firefox options. To do that, they need to do the following:
It seems as if the service will be installed automatically. It is not really clear if this happens during an update, or only for new Firefox installations. If you select to uninstall it, it will not be installed again with future updates. If the service gets removed, Firefox will be updated as before.
You find more information about the silent update process in Firefox at Brian Bondy's blog.
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