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Firefox 3 Beta 4 Test Results

Related Pages

Links to separate test results. Some are referenced further below.

Release Tracking Page

Contact Info

PM: Mike Beltzner (beltzner)
Build: John O'Duinn (joduinn)
QA: Tony (tchung)


Code Freeze
Code Build
ETA 3/4
QA test signoff
ETA 3/4-3/10
  • Smoketests (3/4) 100% (3 testers)
  • BFTs (3/4-3/5) 100% (4 testers)
  • M11 and past focused Tests (ongoing)
  • Plugin Regression Tests (3/5-3/6) 100%
  • Update snippets from Alpha X, Beta 1,2 -> Beta 3 (3/5-3/7) 100% betatest, 100% releasetest, 100% beta (4 testers)
  • P1 L10N spotchecks (3/6) 100% (1 tester)
  • B4 bug verifications (ongoing)
  • Beta 4 Testday (3/7) 100% (3 testers)
  • Release notes, Websites, live tests (3/10) 100% (3 testers)

Release Notes

See list of release notes here

Build Location and IDs

RC1 RC2:


  • Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4
  • Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4


  • Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030318 Firefox/3.0b4


  • Rc1: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4
  • Rc2: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030714 Firefox/3.0b4


  • Areas Covered:
    • Smoketests
    • BFTs
    • Beta4 and past focused Tests
    • Top Plugins
    • Update snippets from Alpha X, Beta X -> Beta 4
    • Memory Leak Testing (handled by Tomcat on debug builds)
    • P1 L10N spotchecks
    • Bug verifications
    • Beta 4 Testday
  • Areas Not Covered:
    • localization (String changes) - 3rd party will cover
    • Distribution
    • Major Updates

Test Results

Types of Tests Win XP Win Vista Mac Tiger Mac Leopard Linux
Smoketest Tomcat - PASS juanb - PASS marcia - PASS marcia - PASS Tomcat - PASS
BFT Tomcat - PASS Tomcat (Vista test suite) - PASS juanb - PASS Marcia (Leopard test suite/PPC and Intel) - PASS on Intel, PASS on PPC Tracy - PASS results in Litmus
Top Plugins Testing (see below) stephend - PASS - results in Litmus N/A stephend - PASS- results in Litmus N/A Abillings - PASS
Updates Testing (see below) Tchung - Betatest PASS, Releasetest PASS, Beta PASS Juanb - Betatest PASS, Releasetest PASS, Beta PASS Stephend - Betatest PASS, Releasetest PASS, Beta PASS Marcia - Betatest PASS, Releasetest PASS, Beta PASS Abillings - Betatest PASS, Releasetest PASS, Beta PASS
l10N Pri 1 locales Tchung - PASS N/A Tchung - PASS N/A Tchung - PASS
Bug Verifications Everyone - result Everyone - result Everyone - result Everyone - result Everyone - result

Top Plugins Testing

Query the top plugins supported for the web, and verify they are compatible with Firefox 3. See AMO list for recommended plugins.


  • On a clean environment, install plugins
  • Test updating of old plugins
  • Disable plugins in Addons Manager, verify plugins stop working
  • Uninstall plugins, verify websites request a plugin to download
  • Verify websites with popular plugins:
    • (java)
      • Linux - PASS
    • (flash)
      • Linux - PASS
    • (shockwave)
      • Linux - PASS
    • (quicktime)
    •, (WMV, RealVideo)
      • Linux - FAIL
        • RealPlayer 10 crashes under Firefox 3 - Bug 421381
        • On Linux, use vlc plugin for WMV. Browser detection will often block it though.
    • (Adobe PDF)
      • Linux - PASS
    • Viewpoint Media Player plugin
      • Linux - N/A (not supported)
      • Mac OS X:
        • Filed bug 421026 on the Viewpoint plugin for Mac, and requested blocking for Firefox 3
      • Windows:
        • Filed bug 421030 for an nsIView::GetView crasher when reloading a demo page using Viewpoint
    • Others like divx, virtual tour, online ads, etc..
      • PASS

Additional Plugin litmus cases can be found here.

Updates Testing

For b4, we will be doing updates of all Alpha and Beta users to Beta 4. Tests will include different locales for beta 1, but only en-US for all past versions. We will be checking partial updates, complete updates, and failed status.

Will be available on betatest, releasetest, and beta channels

  • Betatest channel - PASS
  • Releasetest channel - PASS
  • Beta channel (live) - PASS

Testcases and Results are tracked here.

L10N P1 Spotchecks

Visual inspection: Go through the P1 list of locales, and run a spotcheck to see if everything visually looks fine. Refer to L10N Requirements for more specifics.

Automation inspection: supported locales will be ran through Minotaur, and results will be reviewed by axel and mic.

Axel's Localization Status Page

P1 Locales to be tested:

  • German (de) PASS
  • Japanese (ja) PASS
  • Spanish (es-ES) PASS
  • Netherlands (nl) PASS
  • Italian (it) PASS - Opened bug 420988
  • Finnish (fi) PASS
  • Hindi (pa-IN) PASS
  • Chinese (zh-CN) PASS - Opened bug 421213, 421219
  • French (fr) PASS

Testcases and Results are tracked here - PASS.

Special Respin Tests

A build issue was found late in the game, and required a respin to all the Windows builds. This was due to a late discovery that PGO or Profile Guided Optimization, was late to be included into the build bits.

A special testplan was created to verify these bits. See Testplan here.

Bug Verifications

Bugs that are marked RESOLVED FIXED that are checked in for beta. Please verify them.

B4 Firefox bugs -
B4 Platform bugs -


A beta 4 testday will be held and call for the community support to assist with testing. Activities include executing litmus testcases, bug verifications, and focus on the new feature areas that are being implemented. More can be found on QMO.

Testday results are posted here.

Detailed Results

Enter results from testing here.

Tomcat's Results

  • Smoketests
    • Windows XP
      • Build ID : Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4
      • Status : PASS, results in Litmus, extension and theme installation could not be tested, since no extension is ready for b4 so far
    • Linux (Fedora 8)
      • Build id : Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030318 Firefox/3.0b4 ID:2008030318
      • Status : PASS

marcia's Results

    • Mac OS X 10.4
      • Build ID : Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.4; en-US; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4
      • Status : PASS, results in Litmus
      • Very slow tab scrolling performance with 28 tabs open
    • Mac OS X 10.5 - Intel
      • Ran Leopard Test Suite, Results in Litmus, PASS
    • Mac OS X 10.5 - PPC
      • Ran parts of Fun Smoketest and Form Controls Test Suite, PASS

juanb's results

Tchung's results

  • L10n testing
    • Opened bug 420988 - IT locale on fx3 beta 4 fails to load default RSS feed on startup
    • Opened bug 421213 - Crash [] while using baidu search plugin
    • Opened bug 421219 – String.localeCompare gives strange results on OS X. zh-CN shows different order of search plugins on mac versus linux/windows.

Live Spot Checks

Live site downloads for Beta4, after bits are pushed out. Please cover en-US, and 2 or 3 additional Tier 1 locales as well. Pay attention to the following areas:

  • Check for signed installer and applications (windows only)
  • Firstrun page, whatsnew page, Home page, Search plugin
  • Installer, uninstall
  • General spotchecks and browser functionality

Windows XP -> abillings - PASS
Windows Vista -> stephend - PASS
Mac Tiger -> Juan - PASS

Mac Leopard -> Marcia - see results below

  • he, Hebrew - fails on Mac with UI problems. Sent screenshots to tchung
  • fr, Frisian - PASS
  • Identifikues montimi: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; sq; rv:1.9b4) Gecko/2008030317 Firefox/3.0b4 - PASS

Linux -> stephend - PASS

Top Issues Reported in Hendrix Against Firefox 3 Beta 4

  • Enter here

Top Issues in b4 in Reporter

Hendrix feedback review [marcia]

  • Gmail Contact list fails to display in FF 3 Beta 4 - bug 415252
  • Yahoo Mail Beta crashes