In a blog entitled Cyberfox and its future direction, the browser’s lead developer of Cyberfox proclaimed the death of their web browser.
Toady, said that the project was taking too much of his personal time, and the changes required by Mozilla were requiring more and more time to maintain.
He said: “This project has been amazing no one could ask for a better project or community sadly as much as i love this project my heart is no longer fully in it, dreams of pursuing game development were pushed aside and lifestyle steadily declined ultimately slowly coming to this point where changes and choices have to be made ones that will affect this project and the future of what i have spent all these years building.”
The issue appears to be that Mozilla announced major changes to Firefox, some of which landed already, some are in process, and others are announced for 2017. These include multi-process Firefox, the removal of plugins and WebExtensions will replace all other add-on systems of the browser.
That’s too much change, for projects that are maintained by a small but dedicated group of developers such as Cyberfox.
The author of Cyberfox made the decision to switch the browser’s release channel to Firefox 52.0 ESR. This means that Cyberfox will be supported with security updates for the next eight release cycles, but new features that Mozilla introduces in Firefox Stable won’t find their way into the browser anymore.