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Your browser is being managed by your organization

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Hi I am on Linux using Firefox-esr 91.5.0 and suddenly it started to show me that message on settings page. I have no Antivirus or anything. Were the problem comes from? On help/about page there's nothing mentioning the update restriction, neither when I click on the message. But it shows me a couple of different settings. Another thing that I've found so far is the setting "Always check if Firefox is your default browser" is unchecked AND disabled. I'm so worried about the issue, appreciate your help.

Hi I am on '''Linux''' using Firefox-esr 91.5.0 and suddenly it started to show me that message on settings page. I have no Antivirus or anything. Were the problem comes from? On help/about page there's nothing mentioning the update restriction, neither when I click on the message. But it shows me a couple of different settings. Another thing that I've found so far is the setting "Always check if Firefox is your default browser" is unchecked AND disabled. I'm so worried about the issue, appreciate your help.

Okulungisiwe ngu Tina

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Is it Mint? Please read https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=4259

In Linux Mint the Update Manager is responsible for all software updates, and applying updates requires root privileges. “Your browser is being managed by your organization” might look a bit scary but all it means is that Firefox was told to not worry about updating itself. In the About dialog, “Updates disabled by your system administrator” has the same meaning. We’ll work with Mozilla on this, first to rephrase this, and hopefully later this year to be able to handle Firefox updates from within Firefox.

Okulungisiwe ngu TyDraniu

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TyDraniu said

Is it Mint? Please read https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=4259
No, it's kali, still debian-based tho... however
  • pointed out on that blog in help/about page I don't see anything regarded updates.
  • Still cant check the default browser in settings/general/startup
  • Further info on the settings that the message leads me to attached.

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Try downloading another copy of Firefox, run it from the folder and see if you have the same issue.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release

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Tina said

No, it's kali, still debian-based tho... however
  • pointed out on that blog in help/about page I don't see anything regarded updates.
  • Still cant check the default browser in settings/general/startup
  • Further info on the settings that the message leads me to attached.

The message means the Firefox updates are being done by kali and not by Mozilla. Mint and Kali provides the Firefox updates in their package management system.

Mozilla only provides internal Firefox updates for their own official builds of desktop Firefox for Windows, macOS, and Linux from mozilla.org/firefox/all/ . Just need to make sure the user has read/write permissions with the Firefox folder to do updates.

Normally these third-party Linux distro provided builds of Firefox just removed the updates part of settings in Firefox and quietly do the package updates with no mention of "Your browser is being managed by your administration Updates disabled by system administrator" in Firefox.

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jonzn4SUSE said

Try downloading another copy of Firefox, run it from the folder and see if you have the same issue. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release

I downloaded the latest esr (91.6) it worked perfectly fine. No messages and it was checking for updates in help / about, then reported it's up to date. I can't remember if ever firefox was checking for updates before , since my first install in 2018, it was only reporting the version in about page and I used to update it via package management whenever there was an update available. Currently 91.5 is the latest available in repo.

Okulungisiwe ngu Tina

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James said

Tina said

No, it's kali, still debian-based tho... however
  • pointed out on that blog in help/about page I don't see anything regarded updates.
  • Still cant check the default browser in settings/general/startup
  • Further info on the settings that the message leads me to attached.

The message means the Firefox updates are being done by kali and not by Mozilla. Mint and Kali provides the Firefox updates in their package management system.

Sorry for asking again, lets say the message is due to updates, but why I can't tick the check box for firefox to see if it's my default browser on startup? And why the settings shown upon clicking the messages are unrelated to updates?

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That would be a question for you Distro. Just run both for testing and you can sync your data between the versions like a backup.

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