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Development Updates

Branch work: Firefox 3.0.x / Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

  • Firefox 3.0.9
    • Handed off to build today
    • On track for release on April 21
  • Firefox 3.0.10
    • Opening tree this Tuesday for approved checkins
    • Please work on your blockers

Gecko 1.9.1

  • Beta 4 progress: JS has 11 bugs blocking the last planned beta, and five of those 11 have patches or has a potential fix. At this rate we should be able to hit the new freeze date (next bullet). Overall, there are 24 remaining JS blockers.
  • Code freeze for beta 4 is now Wednesday April 15th.
  • I mentioned this last week, but it's still happening and it's important that people participate: We're in the middle of planning new features and work items for future releases.
    • Each team has created a list and prioritized possible major work items for the next release.
    • There's several ongoing dev.planning discussions of the work lists for each of the groups. Links to threads: Javascript, GFX, Layout, and Content.
    • For overall Platform planning, see this wiki page.
    • Next steps are to discuss the overall plan for what the next Gecko release will look like, not just features, but duration and timing.
  • Blocker Status:
    • 12 final blocker bugs left in content. (9 last time)
    • 3 GFX final blockers. (Last week: 4)
    • 10 Layout final blockers. Six have patches. (Last week: 11)
    • 2 SVG final blockers.
    • JS with 24 blockers. (Last week: 37)
  • Triage needed. 22 (I updated this number this time!) noms are in the queue right now.
  • For weekly engineering meeting notes and other info see the Platform page.
  • 70 total 1.9.1 blockers (last week: 88).

Firefox 3.5

Firefox Front End Work

  • 6 blockers left, only 2 of which are complicated
  • some likely UI opportunistic updates for Beta 4
    • updated privacy preferences pane bug 462041 (needs review)
    • updated clear recent history dialog bug 480169 (needs review)
    • restoring only visible tabs first upon session restore bug 480148 (landed)
    • updates/fixes to PFS so plugin installers can be executed bug 435788 (landed)
    • new tab experience - under evaluation, would require some string changes

Beta 3

  • getting great feedback from community
  • around 500,000 users daily
  • most add-ons now compatible

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4

    • we are string frozen
    • code freeze Wednesday April 15th
    • release late in week of April 20th

TB 3



  • Lots of database work
    • SUMO moved to separate cluster
    • Added slaves to AMO/Bugzilla/Bouncer
    • Built second "b" level cluster, moved databases around
  • Upcoming hardware (going online this week)

Release Engineering

  • TryServer backlog cleared [1] [2]
  • Please file bugs when you see a service down
    • Try server backlog, jobs waiting 24hours to start
    • Try server waterfall not up for 4 days after iscsi failure
  • Downtime coming this week for ESX host migrations; details being worked out


Test Execution

Web Dev Testing, Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

Test Development

  • Completed Windows Mobile testplan
  • Working on testing interruptible reflow
  • Added bunches of crashtests for old security bugs to be sure they don't regress


  • No updates this week



  • Quarterly Survey Update
  • All.html Redesign test and results
    • Tested four designs (including the 'old' design to see which design improved user experience and downloads the most
    • Winner was All-3.html (tweaked version of the 'old page')
  • Spread Firefox:
    • Launching tomorrow, April 7th. Expect downtime starting at approximately 8:00 a.m. PDT.
    • Join us for a brownbag at 2:00 PDT today for a walk through of the site on Air Mozilla with guest stars Alex Buchanan, Krupa Raj and Stephen Donner.
    • Help test the affiliates now tracking by clicking on this affiliate button and downloading Firefox.
  • Next Community Marketing call is this Wednesday, April 8th, at 10am PDT. Dial-in Info: +1.650.903.0800, followed by 92# and then 7391#. Or you can use our toll-free number: +1.800.707.2533, followed by 369# and then 7391#. For those that can't make the call or want to participate online, join us in #marketing on irc.mozilla.org.



  • Congrats to Marcia Knous for her keynote at the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation, ICST 2009.
  • JSConf, April 24 - 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.: Mozilla is signed up sponsor. John Resig and Kevin Dangoor are speaking!


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  • See Aza's TaskFox prototype at http://azarask.in/aza/TaskFox/ for an interactive demo of how ubiquity features might be incorporated into the AwesomeBar without breaking users' existing AwesomeBar use habits.

Developer Tools

No update this week


5.0.4 Release this week

  • Experimental add-ons no longer require login to install
  • Public Stats Dashboard
  • Remove old developer dashboard
  • Improved registration flow
  • Adding blog, contact, about links to footer (woo!)
  • Editor queue now sorted as a FIFO queue, so we'll be able to see how long add-ons are in the review queue so we can react appropriately

Compatibility update

  • 82% compatible with Fx3.1
  • 66% compatibility with 3.1b3

Review queue update

  • 230 editor reviews last week
  • 152 accepted
    • 41 nominations
    • 111 file updates


  • Personas site launched
  • SUMO 1.0 launched, 1.0.1 to go out tomorrow
  • AMO 5.0.4 code freeze is today, push on Thursday
  • New Socorro hardware arrived and the team testing/configuring it this week
  • SUMO database was successfully migrated to dedicated hardware (thank you IT!)
  • New SFX will launch this week (stage might give you a cert error, just fyi)


  • No updates worth announcing to everyone
  • Slow, continuous work by localizers on Firefox 3.5 beta 4
    • Updates to each locale are on the dashboard.

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