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Thunderbird Meeting Details :

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  • Who's taking minutes? --> bienvenu
  • 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 Friend of the Tree this week.

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Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner
  • JB has agreed to take over Project Management of the Account Provisioner so that Blake can focus on other things.
Test Pilot


Thunderbird Conversations


  • Did more Telemetry-related work, including an opt-in UI (port from Firefox), currently blocking on:
    • the privacy policy for Thunderbird being online and,
    • Sid Stamm's privacy review for our Thunderbird-specific probes.
  • Gloda work finished, currently blocking on: Telemetry landing, so that we can compare the probes before/after
  • Thunderbird Conversations 2.1 is about to be released, please try out the latest version and report anything suspicious. See for shiny screenshots. (Almost 70000 users, w00t!). Lots of good feedback re the newer versions. Did a lot of polish, people seem to appreciate it.
  • Leaving Vancouver on Friday.
Privacy Policy

The privacy policy should include bits to describe what we do exactly with the user data collected from Telemetry. There's a Firefox equivalent that we should, I think, include in our own version.

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Account Summary
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • Breakage on EDS Contacts Integration add-on was due to build problem on Canonical machines - that's been fixed.
  • Still keeping an eye out for serious show-stoppers, major problems - but so far, so good.

Schedule and Progress

Thunderbird 6
  • Good uptake so far.
  • Has a lower crash rate than TB 5.
Thunderbird 7
  • Currently on: Beta
  • Released the first beta last Friday, with updates going out on Saturday
  • We had various delays this time around partially due to still getting the automation up to date with the rapid release cycle. Should be much easier for subsequent betas.
  • Currently working on getting the add-on compatibility bump set up, should be completed next week with documentation for Add-on authors.
Thunderbird 8
  • Currently on: Earlybird
  • Starting to prepare information for add-on compatibility bump, so that we can bump before it goes to beta.
Thunderbird 9
  • Currently on: Trunk.
  • Next merge date is in about 4 weeks.
Thunderbird 3.1.x
  • The 3.1 series is going to keep going while we discuss how to work with enterprise users. Once there's a way forward there, we'll close down the 3.1 branch.

Extension of the week

QA Updates

Marketing Updates

  • Tb6, 3.1.12, 7.0b releases
  • Next up, 6.0.1, 3.1.13, and second 7.0b.
  • PR Update:
    • Thunderbird 6 - Many articles focusing on just us, 1, 2, 3; several articles w/ Firefox 1; several articles on Firefox focusing on version numbers, rapid release, and enterprise.
    • Thunderbird Beta - Few articles 1, 2
    • Announcement re: Diginotar and *

Next up:

  • Scoping out branding and marketing research to help solidify our branding, market segments, and messaging.
  • Starting All Hands prep.

Infrastructure Update

Build / Release Update

  • bug 656049 invoking (via mozconfig) last patch approved!
  • working with gozer on bug 682078 - Tracking bug for unforking buildbotcustom
  • doing chemspill release builds today: 6.0.1, 3.1.13, 7.0b2

Web Update

This Week

  • Thunderbird 7 compatibility bump patch
  • fixing the issues with kitsune and maybe pushing it live
  • probably a half dozen issues that will come up


  • 17 responses to (from us to them) to contributor inquiry form


(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) (on vacation Mon-Wed last week so no report last week)

  1. 1640 new support topics (1591 2 weeks ago) - Media:22-28August2011Metrics.png
  2. Thunderbird 6 Support Issues
  3. Thunderbird 7 Support Issues - new! please edit and add any issues found in TB7 (currently beta 1), starting at beta 1 for TB7 and future releases
  4. See this week's Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details

Lightning Updates

Philipp's last exams are next week, after that: Lightning speed ahead ;-)

  • Working on automatic beta releases together with Mark, tracking in bug 673089.
  • Transplanted all needed changesets between comm-central, comm-aurora and comm-beta. These are now near to in sync and comm-beta contains everything needed to release a beta-beta.
  • Working on getting trunk back to speed after ChromeWorkers were re-written bug 678343.

Previously proposed buglist from the discussion page is now on bugzilla, see the new needed-beta list, tentatively named so until its clear if we can make 1.0 for Thunderbird 7.

Status Updates

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

Roundtable Highlights