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Meeting Details

  • 1:00pm Pacific time (20:00 UTC until November 4, 2007)
  • Mozilla HQ, 1st floor conference table
  • +1 650 903 0800 x91 Conf# 8600 (US/International)
  • +1 416 848 3114 x91 Conf# 8600 (Canada)
  • +1 800 707 2533 (pin 369) Conf# 8600 (US Toll Free)
  • join irc.mozilla.org #staffmeeting for attendance taking and backchannel

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In Attendance

Development Updates


  • Firefox was released Monday night (7/30)
  • Thunderbird was released Wednesday evening (8/1)
  • Triage for starts this week. Schedule hasn't been discussed yet.
  • Triage for Thunderbird on-going.
  • Thunderbird major update> is next in line for release.
    • Testing is happening this week.

TB 3

  • Hunspell has now landed on the trunk, improving the spell checking experience. Thanks to RyanVM and Németh László.
  • Thunderbird can now read from the Mac OS X system address book! Thanks to everyone who helped work on this, especially peterv and a.peyser.

Gecko 1.9

  • Gran Paradiso Alpha 7 Released
  • M8 Code Freeze: Sept 5. (Approx 355 blockers remain with 99 of those targeted for M8).

Firefox 3


  • Maintenance this week
    • Pageload server migration, try #3
    • Kernel updates
    • wiki.m.o migration and upgrade
    • LDAP maintenance
  • Created Hg accounts for all CVS contributors from the past year
  • Facebook app launched; more migrations to php5 cluster
  • Continued breakpad support and maintenance
  • MPT cage expansion (pics to come)


  • IT-scheduled maintenance downtime on Tuesday evening; this will close the tree, due to imaging the performance testing machines.
  • We should see builds from the new Win32 reference platform this week; they will be in the experimental directory on ftp. Preed will post in m.d.planning with the location.
  • A number of people have pinged us about Firefox major update prompts that take them to, and then jumping to This is expected behavior; publishing a new version of major update requires a Build/QA process, which we're tracking in bug 388586. For now, people can get to via -> ->
  • We're currently working on getting Thunderbird major update and Thunderbird scheduled, specifically which one we work on first.
  • Nick (aka cf) will be in Mountain View this week.


Test Execution

  • Tested and released FFx and TB last Monday and Wednesday respectively. [juanb, whole test execution team!]
  • Firefox 3 A7 testing: tested new features (places, content handling, etc) and run the regression tests. [tchung, abillings, marcia, tracy, others]
  • Tested and released the Rock your Firefox/Facebook [stephend]
  • Started major update testing for Thunderbird [juanb, tomcat]

Test Development

  • Caught up on adding new JavaScript tests to the test library. [bc]
  • Added to the FFx 3 Mac OS Test Plan: printing functionlity on the Mac that is not present on Windows that will necessitate additional test cases [marcia]
  • Wrote test cases for Places bugs in FFx 3 [tracy]

Test Tools

  • Completed an early version of the Litmus testing extension. Check it out and give us feedback. But keep in mind this is for alpha testing only!! [ben_h, zach]
  • Minotaur: Improved how it works with partner builds and tested it with google and ebay. Met with Axel and Nick on L10N build integration. [clint]


  • Bugday on Tues Aug 1st. [tomcat, others]
  • Testday on Fri, Aug 3rd. Over 600 test cases run! See results [ashughes, tomcat, marcia, jay, mw22]
  • Recruited two Window-eyes beta testers (A11y) as Minefield/WE quick reaction testers [tkeenan]
  • Getting involved with the Campus Reps program. See the flyers!


  • Accessibility (A11y): Gained access to the Jaws 9 private beta list. Constructed template for Xul and Gecko platform test plans. Created accessibility test groups under Litmus. [tkeenan]



  • Firefox support knowledge base alpha is live. Check it out and give us feedback.
  • Moving forward with work on retention plan.
  • Mozilla Store launch week of 8/13.
  • PR push on behalf of Rock Your Firefox this week.
  • PR update on Black Hat.


Mozilla Labs

Developer Relations

  • Firefox 3 documentation work is ongoing, with Places and FUEL being the current works-in-progress.
  • Planning work is in progress on migrating MDC to the php5 cluster to improve performance and reliability.
  • Simon Willison is at work on an update to our core JavaScript reference, integrating post JavaScript 1.5 material directly into the core of the documentation. New material includes:
    • A new chapter on closures
    • A new chapter on XML processing with E4X
    • Extensions to the chapters on functions and variables to include new JavaScript 1.7 features such as let.
    • More is in the works.
  • Work on a JS Speed Test Suite is progressing nicely - more tests are being rolled in, better results created.
  • Made two releases available for the MAR xulapp. A third release is planned for today which includes a major bugfix.
  • WebRunner work is progressing. Try to release 0.7 this week:
    • Support for webapp scripting (think greasemonkey-scripts for a webapp)
    • Support for adding simple webapp-specific UI - (toolbars and menus)
    • Support for simple desktop integration - (nsIAlertsService for popuping up a message when new mail arrives)
    • Profiles (*.webapp) files are now ZIP/JAR files so they can package more webapp resources (scripts, icons, menus and toolbars)

Webdev, Add-ons, AMO

Foundation Updates

Note: This update includes material from the previous week as well.

  • Executive director search
    • The search committee had its first meeting; for more information see the meeting notes.
  • Grants and related activities
  • IP/legal issues
    • Frank Hecker is responding to licensing-related questions to the Foundation while Gerv Markham is on vacation.
  • Other
    • Along with Mitchell, David, Frank, and Zak Greant participated in the Internet as a Public Good symposium at Harvard. Thanks go to Zak for his work in getting the symposium organized!
    • Gerv is on vacation until later this month.

For more information see the individual status reports from David, Frank, Gerv, and Zak.


Other Business