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Development Updates

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

Gecko 1.9.1

  • Beta 4 progress: JS has 6 bugs blocking the last planned beta, and 3 of those 6 have patches or has a potential fix. Overall, 7 remaining P1s.
  • Don't forget, Platform planning ongoing:
    • 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.
  • Check out Taras Glek's talk on Pork.
  • Blocker Status:
    • 9 final blocker bugs left in content. (9 last time)
    • 3 GFX final blockers. (Last week: 4)
    • 9 Layout final blockers. Six have patches. (Last week: 11)
    • 2 SVG final blockers.
    • JS with 29 blockers. (Last week: 37)
  • Triage needed. 23 (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.
  • 73 total 1.9.1 blockers (two weeks ago: 70).

Firefox 3.5

Firefox Front End Work

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4

  • we are string frozen
  • code freeze coming ASAP, JS bugs should be finished today
  • release still aimed at late this week


Team News

  • Dietrich Ayala and Johnathan Nightingale have been promoted to managers within the Firefox team - congratulations!
  • Please join me in welcoming Alexander Limi to the Firefox User Experience Team. Alexander is one of the founders of the open source CMS engine Plone and a strong user experience designer and advocate. He most recently worked on the Google Apps team. You can find him on #fx-team and #ux on irc.mozilla.org as limi

TB 3



  • Preparing for two Firefox releases this week
  • Still working through iSCSI storage issues from last week

Release Engineering

  • tough time keeping up with the spike for FF3.5b4 last week.
    • large spike in jobs
    • complicated by backend issues, working on it.
  • Firefox3.0.9 release this week
  • new graphserver changes coming in approx two week
    • see alice/ryan for details
  • shout out to chris for the "wait times" post in dev.tree.management.


Test Execution

  • Shipped 3.0.9 to beta
  • Firefox to 3.0.9 Major Update testing
  • Bug Verifications last week

Web Dev Testing, Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

Test Development

  • Got first test system working on Windows Mobile - XPCShell
  • Develop community fennec testdev initiative
  • Streamlined Mozmill testing of extensions from the command line. Still need to document...


  • No updates for this week.



  • A/B testing on the Firefox download page (en-US) concluded:
    • Goal: improve download conversion and display appropriate content based on visitor's browser
    • Improved visit-download conversion by 0.3%
    • Results posted soon at http://giantspatula.com
  • Next Community Marketing call is Wednesday, April 22nd, 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. The agenda is posted on SFx.
  • Tomomi Kato from the Mozilla Japan marketing team is visiting Mountain View this week.



  • Hack in the Box, April 20 - 22, Dubai: Lucas Adamski and Chris Hofmann are attending.
  • JSConf, April 24 - 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.: Mozilla is signed up sponsor. John Resig and Kevin Dangoor are speaking!
  • NTEN Conference, April 26 - 28, 2009, San Francisco: They are looking for volunteers:
    • Day of Service, Sunday, April 26th: Two opportunities:
      • Strategy consults, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Organizations are looking for everything from technology help to marketing and fundraising tips. Sign ups here.
      • Help install wireless networks at St. Anthony's in SF's Tenderloin district or on Treasure Island. Sign ups here.


  • Upcoming SUMO milestones:
    • Screencast support (SUMO 1.1)
    • Automated metrics dashboard (SUMO 1.2)
      • PRD in draft; we have a pretty good understanding of what metrics we want to collect, but still brainstorming about how to present it. Will Ken come to our rescue?
  • David Tenser working from the MV office in building K this week


  • No updates this week.


  • Mozilla Developer Center
    • Planning to start testing the upgrade to Deki Lyons this week, on a test VM.
    • Planning to switch over to the new, more easily navigated, menu hierarchy for MDC this week.
    • Watching some possible late-compat issues for Firefox 3.5 docs.
    • Documentation touch-up work for Firefox 3.5 is ongoing.
  • Continued work on our features + performance pages - have a look in case you have edits or additions.
  • Awesome demos from Paul


  • Labs night Thursday night: April 23 at 6 PM pacific time.

Developer Tools

No updates


  • Compatibility Update
    • 77% of add-ons now compatible with Fx3.1b3 and above
    • Measuring was revised to exclude the Sun Java Console because of impact on user experience and they way they do updates. Measured the old way, 3.1b3 compatibility is now at 70.4%, still an increase.


  • Alex Buchanan starts today fulltime. Welcome Alex!
  • AMO 5.0.5 open bugs & fixed bugs - Code Freeze 4/27; Code Push 4/30
  • Socorro - Lars and team are focusing on dumps migration to reduce overall database size prior to hardware migration -- moving the db as-is would require 24 hours+ of downtime vs. 1-3 hours. Once this dump migration is tested, we will move dumps out of the main database and will proceed with the hardware migration. Time frame for completion is 2 weeks.


Foundation Updates


Other Business

  • No meeting next week due to a big on-site meeting. But please post updates to the wiki next week for all to see.