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Thunderbird Meeting Details :

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  • Who's taking minutes? --> mconley
  • Minute taking Schedule. Talk to Standard8 for schedule changes/additions.
  • Note: this meeting is for interactive discussion. Feel free to ask questions!

Action Items

Friends of the Tree

  • No nominations this week.

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Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner
  • Blake's on holiday this week, so no updates.
  • Blake's on holiday this week, so no updates.


Thunderbird Conversations
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Account Summary
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • De-RDF'ing and address book extending patches have landed! Big thanks to bienvenu, jcranmer and Standard8 for their patience and assistance on those patches.
  • Canonical seems to be doing a good job of cleaning up CD space. It's starting to look less and less like space will be an issue.
  • Demonstrated read capability to Allison Randal and Jason Warner from Canonical last week, and seemed to go over nicely.
    • I haven't been able to talk to Jason Warner yet for the official yay/nay, but Allison says that we seem to have passed our June 30th status check, and should be good to continue the project.
    • Hacking on EDS write capability at the moment
  • Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher addons have landed in Ubuntu PPAs, and we're already getting good feedback.

Schedule and Progress

Thunderbird 5 (Miramar)
  • Currently doing throttled major updates as we keep an eye out for any stability issues. Should be opening it up later this week.
  • Miramar nightlies have been stopped, still working on redirecting users, should be done this week.
Thunderbird 6
  • Earlybird is the name for the Thunderbird builds on the Aurora channel
  • Merge date to beta channel - today.
  • We will start looking at automated compatibility bump this week.
  • Bugtracking query page
Thunderbird 7
  • Currently on comm-central.
  • Merge date - feature & string freeze - today.
  • Big thank you to patch writers, reviewers, and landers!
  • Bugtracking query page
Thunderbird 8
  • Starting up once Thunderbird 7 moves over to Earlybird.
  • When landing patches in trunk, make sure to set the milestone in the bug to the correct version of Thunderbird that you're landing in.
    • And if you're landing in branches, make sure to set the status-thunderbirdX flag to 'fixed' (where X is the Thunderbird version number you're landing in)
Thunderbird 3.1.x
  • Firefox have scheduled the next 1.9.2 release for August 16th.
  • Bug Lists: 3.1

Extension of the week

  • Enigmail :
    • Lets you digitaly sign and encrypt decrypt emails usinge the OpenPGP standard
    • Let's you manage your keyrings
    • Has nightly versions of users of Nightlies of Thunderbird

QA Updates

  • Worked on release.
  • Will do some community work this coming week.

Marketing Updates

  • PR Update: A lot of good coverage on Tb5 - some representative articles - Lifehacker, zdnet, Ars Technica
  • Thunderbird 5 release.
  • new web site. Still a few more pieces to move over to domain.


  • Conversion funnel for Tb5
  • Scoping out Test Pilot

Infrastructure Update

  • Nothing exciting this week.
  • Next week, Gozer heads to work Mountain View.
  • Has started playing with channel-switching capability for Thunderbird.

Build / Release Update

  • Bug 666535 - Offer nightly users on Miramar a minor update to the Aurora builds - Almost ready.
  • Due to Bug 666945, nightly updates have longer build ids.
  • Thunderbird 3.1.11->5.0 throttling set to 10%
  • Scheduled power outage went smoothly
  • Thunderbird 6 beta build this week
  • Thunderbird 7 going onto Earlybird channel today

Web Update

  • We're working on a channel switcher page like Firefox's for promoting the different update channels. Should be out in next 2 weeks, hopefully.
  • Sancus is out on holiday



(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. 1478 new support topics (1675 last week) - Media:27June-3July2011Community_stats_for_Mozilla_Messaging.png
  2. Thunderbird 5 Support Issues - a few not so minor issues found so far, but no new major issues
  3. See this week's Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details
  4. DRAFT Thunderbird 6 User Features Page for TB 6 docs

Lightning Updates

  • Burning at the moment.
    • A patch that removed some debug messages seems to have shifted some timing somewhat, and revealed an underlying problem.
      • Symptoms: random alarms that cannot be dismissed.
      • The debug messages are being put back for now, while the underlying problem is being diagnosed.
    • Today Pane is malfunctioning. Hopefully this is just fallout from the debug messages patch.
    • There's a Windows crash that also needs fixing. Again, hopefully this is just fallout from the debug messages patch.
    • If someone has cycles to help out with patching, testing, or reviewing, that'd be much appreciated! Fallen will ping people this week for help.
    • Hope to have a release out ASAP. This week, hopefully.
  • The AMO page for Lightning needs some polish. Some of the writing needs an overhaul - there was a line about "If you don't read the release notes, you'll always have data loss". This line has been fixed, but the whole thing needs work.
    • Roland will be working with Fallen on this

Status Updates

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

Roundtable Highlights

  • Why was the Firefox channel-switcher pulled?
    • They weren't quite sure what they wanted, and it didn't seem discoverable enough.
    • Since different versions of Firefox can be installed side-by-side, they decided they didn't need it.
    • There's a blog post about it somewhere, if you search around. Here's the bug that removed the channel-switcher.
  • Let's try to do a better job next time of making sure our add-on developers aren't left on the platform when the train leaves the station.