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Current Release Schedules
Thunderbird 5.0 Final Beta Thunderbird 3.1.11
ETA: this week
  • Builds start: 13 June
  • QA with builds start: 14 June
  • Beta period starts: 14/15 June
  • Final release: 21 June

Thunderbird Meeting Details :

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Action Items

Friends of the Tree

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  • Jim McCullough: author of Thunderbird / Ubuntu guides
  • Vincent ("cameleon"): contributions to the Knowledge Base, localization and support
  • Pasquale Dante for all the good work at dumping bugs.

Conversion Funnel (Priority 0 side project)

Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner

No change since last week.

  • contracts w/3rd party email providers progressing
  • security reviews

No change since last week.


Thunderbird Conversations

Huge row of bug fixes, released and pushed b2 to AMO, waiting on more feedback before doing a last batch of bugfixes and release the final 2.0 version. All the major changes have been pushed to later to allow me to focus on polishing and stabilizing. Help is welcome, as usual :-).

Compose in a tab

Cleaned up and submitted a new version to AMO, hopefully approved this time (three rejections in a row). I think I'll try to have it public and keep it "as is" before we reassess the priorities and how that fits in the larger plan.

Account Summary
  • New version up in bug 489999. Please test it out and provide feedback.
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • De-RDFing patch is going through the final stages of review - hope to merge it soon
  • EDS contacts integration made some big strides last week in order to hit the "read-only" milestone for the end of the month - EDS contacts now:
    • appear in the auto-complete To/Cc/Bcc fields
    • are searchable
    • show photos for contacts
    • allow mailing lists

Schedule and Progress

Thunderbird 5 (Miramar)
  • Remaining blockers resolved.
  • Releasing final beta today or tomorrow.
  • Add-on authors have been contacted about compatibility.
  • L10n is working on the web site updates.
  • Expecting to release next Tuesday, 28th.
  • Congratulations to Firefox 5 which was released today!
Thunderbird 6
  • Earlybird is the name for the Thunderbird builds on the Aurora channel
  • Earlybird builds have now been started and are available here (l10n).
Thunderbird 7
  • Currently on comm-central.
  • Merge date - feature & string freeze - 5th July.
Thunderbird 3.1.x
  • Releasing 3.1.11 today.
  • Bug Lists: 3.1

Extension of the week

  • Quick Folder move Extend the move context menu and let's you type in the folder name. Very handy extension if :
    • You move emails manually a lot.
    • You have a lot of folder in your accounts.
    • Shift-M opens the move-to menu even without the context menu

QA Updates

  • Just did testing for 3.1.11 and follow up on 5.0

Marketing Updates

  • watching what the Firefox guys are doing today

Infrastructure Update

 mk_add_options CLIENT_PY_ARGS="--verbose --skip-venkman"
 mk_add_options ALWAYS_RUN_CLIENT_PY=1

This can be directly invoked as make checkout, or implicitely whenever using make some-target when ALWAYS_RUN_CLIENT_PY is set.

Coming to Try Server soon...

Build / Release Update

  • Thunderbird 5.0b2 build 1 today
  • Thunderbird 3.1.11 release today

Web Update

  • webpage is moved and functioning on stage. The homepage and in-product pages are done, other parts that don't need l10n will be done by the end of this week.
  • localization is in progress
  • met with moco webdev/engagement to discuss bedrock, the Django rewrite of
  • Fixed AMO bug to add Thunderbird collection for the discovery pane



(If you support Thunderbird or write or translate documentation to help support Thunderbird, please subscribe to the tb-support-crew mailing list and briefly introduce yourself to the list)

  1. 1312 new support topics (1332 last week) - Media:13-19June2011-Community_stats_for_Mozilla_Messaging.png
  2. Thunderbird 5 Beta 1 is out! Would love some help with contributors to write some knowledge base articles. No experience required, just a copy of Thunderbird and the ability to write in English or translate. We'll polish up your writing and make it sing!
  3. Thunderbird 5 Support Issues - not yet up to date, but nothing major at first glance (Will analyze the approximately 22 Thunderbird 5 related support topics on Get Satisfaction by end of the day)
  4. See this week's Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details
  5. We will be moving soon (no date yet, tracker bug and more info after Thunderbird 5 is released).

Lightning Updates

  • All blockers solved, aside from low risk theme changes
  • Release work in progress, rc1 is tagged and building
  • Had a few issues with the l10n dashboard not giving me the right revisions, this had to be fixed manually
  • Preparation for Ubuntu integration talks in progress
  • Lightning 1.0b4rc1 will be released today. I will allow until the 27th for testing and then upload the final to AMO. If something major shows up, we will do a chemspill release to fix things.

Status Updates

See the Mozilla Status Board for status updates specific to developers.

Roundtable Highlights


jhopkins, jb, jenzed, ludo, rolandtanglao, standard8 aka Mark Banner, gozer, rebron, bienvenu, mconley, bwinton, sancus, andreasn, fallen aka Philipp Kewisch