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Thunderbird Meeting Details :

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  • Who's taking minutes? --> gozer
  • Minute taking Schedule. Talk to Standard8 for schedule changes/additions.
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Action Items

Friends of the Tree

Thanks to our Friend of the Tree. When adding someone to this section, please get their T-Shirt size, phone number (needed for shipping!) and send it to so that he can send them a shirt!

  • sfhowes who has helped support Thunderbird users on Get Satisfaction with over 800 replies since joining Get Satisfaction in September - Thanks!

Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner

Migration to core code almost completed. Business development activities in the 'last mile'. Link to Open Search (default search engine) missing.

Test Pilot


Thunderbird Conversations
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Account Summary
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • Ubuntu Oneiric was released last Thursday! Great success!
  • Small issue with DesktopCouch is still being dealt with at Canonical. Chris Coulson has pushed out the updated version of EDS Contacts Integration that swallows the DesktopCouch errors, logs them, but doesn't bug the user about them. Those updates should go live soon.
  • Another reminder that Blake and Mike are going to UDS on November 1st.
    • We're going to be discussing how we can ease the pain of the rapid release cycle
    • We're going to be discussing Lightning + EDS support
    • We're going to be discussing future updates to the TB UI, and getting feedback on how to nicely integrate these changes into Ubuntu
    • And more!

Schedule and Progress

Thunderbird 8
  • Should be doing a b3 this week.
  • Lightning is on the developer channel on AMO.
Thunderbird 9
  • Add-on compatiblity bump: aiming for 27th/28th October.
Thunderbird 3.1.x
  • Next release will be 8th November, in sync with TB 8.

Extension of the week

  • TBtracer : Let's you easily trace network activities. Easy to setup and you get nice logs out of it.

QA Updates

  • Releases
  • Bugzilla

Marketing Updates

  • Thunderbird ADUs now at 7.5MM, increases are coming from Germany. Top countries are Germany, US, France, Japan, Italy.
  • Lots of great press with new Ubuntu release (congratulations! Ubuntu team) and lots of Thunderbird mentions.
  • Launching user survey this week, US first and then French and German.
  • Getting swag ready for Ubuntu Summit and MozCamps.
  • Getting ready for Thunderbird 8.

Infrastructure Update

Build / Release Update

  • Thunderbird 8.0 beta 2 released
  • Thunderbird 8.0 beta 3 to be built today
  • Configuring Thunderbird builds on Firefox build infrastructure

Web Update

  • fixed number of small website bugs, start page margin, etc.
  • working on kitsune l10n code
  • compatibility bump for 8 -> 9 next week


  • new project: Thunderbird Feature tips to be deployed on the Start page or in a tip box
  • new project: AMO info about monetizing add-ons and updating AMO to include TB in agreements and docs
  • doc sprint for updating the FLOSS Thunderbird manual on November 9 (project wiki)
  • referred Seneca tech writing students who need to write a user manual for a class project to the Firefox mobile folks (unfortunately we didn't have a project that fit their requirements)


(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. 1346 new support topics (1687 1 week ago) - Media:10-16October2011-GS-stats-2011-10-17_1626.png
  2. Thunderbird 7 Support Issues
  3. Thunderbird 8 Support Issues - Please edit and add any issues found in TB8 starting with TB8 Beta 1
  4. See this week's Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details
  5. I've written a Ruby/MongoDB script called getSolvedAnsweredLastNDays.rb to find Get Satisfaction Users who have had their Thunderbird issue resolved so Jen and I can ping them to consider helping Thunderbird out after a Thunderbird contributor has helped them

Lightning Updates

Status Updates

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

Roundtable Highlights

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