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Five people, Stuart, Tony, Clint, Tim, and Aakash all wrote in to nominate Joel Maher as a Friend of the Tree for his great work over the last 2-3 weeks

  • Handled and drove Beta 3 maemo AND winmo a3 release testing
  • Created a test harness to run mochitests on winmo
  • Created first test harness to run reftest, crashtest, xpcshell on winmo
  • Driving the log compare effort to get known failures factored out of tinderbox output for maemo tunit reports so that we can have a system that we can use going forward to maintain detailed information about our testing on Fennec and even Firefox going forward.
  • verified 140+ Fennec bugs last week alone
  • leading charge to debug known failures for maemo fennec on tunit
  • Mentoring QAE folks on how to test Fennec, aiding with Fennec testday

And I (Asa) would like to nominate David Tran for all his help this summer in improving the experience of streaming content to Air Mozilla.

Development Updates


Firefox Front End Work


  • next milestone: Firefox 3.6 Beta 1

Team News

  • no more interns, boo-hoo


Branch work: Firefox 3.0.x / Firefox 3.5.x / Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

  • Firefox 3.0.15 / Firefox 3.5.4
    • please work on your blockers
    • code freeze set for September 22 at 11:59pm
    • targeting mid-late October release

TB 3

Bearing down on 3.0b4:

  • Slushy Code Freeze: Monday 7th Sept 23:59 PDT.
  • Full String Freeze: Wed 9th Sept 23:59 PDT.
  • Code Freeze: Friday 11th Sept 23:59 PDT.
  • l10n Complete: Monday 14th Sept 23:59 PDT.
  • Release builds start: Tues 15th Sept.



Last Week

  • VeriSign EV cert for addons.mozilla.org (08/25/2009) bug 503040
  • Added Layer42 as a transit provider in San Jose.
  • Added multi-state flags

This Week

  • The Amsterdam Reboot
    • Turned down sites last week. Did we break anything yet?
    • Derek & Arzhel in transit Tuesday, onsite Wednesday

Release Engineering

  • Fx3.5.3/3.0.14 ETA to beta, 9/1
    • there will be a refreshed major update (MU) offered between these
  • some improvements on the nightly update situation:
    • Armen has landed code to prioritize en-US update generation ahead of l10n updates.
    • we've switched l10n nightly builds to be triggered immediately after the en-US nightly rather than at a set time (7am). This means we'll get l10n nightlies earlier for each platform, and the update generation machine won't be swamped with a huge batch of updates each morning at 7am PDT.


Test Execution

  • Fx3.5.3/3.0.14 ETA to beta, 9/1
  • Winmo Alpha 3 testing in progress, 2 blocker bugs remain: bug 511535, bug 513520
  • Iterating the list and contacts on the Firefox 3.6 Testplan
  • Investigating crash reports
  • Automating of manual litmus tests progress: Smoketests 88%, BFTs 20%

Web Dev Testing

Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

  • Community:
  • Accessibility: Reviewed of provided feedback on these bugs. Provided ports and updates to patches for these: bug 499816 and bug 504053. Evaluated both the Yahoo! RichText editor and the CKEditor WYSIWYG editors for web applications to advise on their accessibility.
  • Metrics:
    • Filed a bug on the MAKE rules of security component bug 512341 to allow instrumenting the code base. Provided the solution as well!
    • Mac OS Firefox instrumentation is a success.
    • Investigating the mochitest-browser-chrome test harness hang issue. Seems to be caused by memory leak while switching between private browsing and regular browsing in the harness testing.
    • Started a new usage based code coverage project
    • Mac OS X86 coverage Report

Test Development

  • Have a full run of Reftests over HTTP for Tegra, will put failures into bugs this week.
  • Beginning work with Electrolysis team to work on test harnesses for electrolysis. Our first priority will be testing Out of Process Plugins.
  • Working with Dmandelin to use his python harness for JS Shell testing
  • Released the first release of QAC For Mobile
  • Pushed Mozmill 1.2.1
  • Nearing completion for the log comparison tool to help get the Fennec Test Tree Green
  • More details here.


  • No updates



Mozilla Service Week


  • Jornadas Regionales de Software Libre en Chile October 7 - 9, 2009, Santiago, Chile - Sponsoring event and bringing together the Mozilla Hispanic Community. + 2 day MozCamp Prior.
  • WordCamp Philippines September 19, 2009 in Makati City, Philippines - We are sponsoring this event.  Our mission is to help build up the Philippine community and build the Tagalog locale.
  • Philippine Blog Awards October 9, 2009 in Luzon, Philippines - We are sponsoring this event.  Our mission is to help build up the Philippine community and build the Tagalog locale.



  • Currently working on a solution to help our users understand what Plug-ins are and how to update them.
    • Three phase project:


  • One-day sprint to write crash articles for the knowledge base on Thursday September 3
    • Goal is to document the most common crash signatures in Firefox so that they all have a Knowledge Base article explaining the cause of the crash and the way to fix it (and any other info that is relevant).
    • See blog post and list of crash signatures (still being worked on) for more info


  • We're currently implementing a solution that will allow us to easily do optimization testing on Mozilla web sites (e.g., mozilla.com, addons.mozilla.org, support.mozilla.com, etc.). We'll soon be talking more about goals/objectives and planning (and eventually, findings/impact).


  • Firefox 3.6 documentation is progressing. Don't forget to tag relevant bugs with the dev-doc-needed keyword so we can find them while looking for the next thing to write about!


  • Snowl 0.3pre3 has been released. It's the last preview release before 0.3. It includes some new features and some bug fixes. More info is available in the blog post.
  • Weave 0.6! OMG Weave 0.6! It is released. It has major performance improvements, new better UI on the about:weave page, and better Fennec support.

Developer Tools


  • Lots of new stuff in 5.0.9
    • Collections Phase II
      • Add-on recommendations
      • Collection based statistics
      • Rating for collections
    • Public Stats Dashboard
    • Contributions on search results, home page, and category pages
    • Post-install "Meet the Developer" pages now available via the Developer Tools
  • Next release (5.1!) is 9/24, will be focused on the Developer Hub
  • Join us in Miami on 9/15 or Chicago on 9/29 for our Add-ons meetups



  • Verbatim Alpha launched
  • Jeremy Hiatt intern finished with a presentation to platform on l20n. Blog posts here.
  • Lots of work ahead on Mobile l10n for the client application and web content

Foundation Updates

  • Mark posted extensively on Drumbeat, an initiative to engage huge numbers of people as promoters and stewards of the open web.
    • This is likely major MoFo priority for 2010. Feedback and involvement highly encouraged.
    • A wiki and google group have also been put up to support Drumbeat conversations.


Intern Show & Tell

Eric Hergenrader (metrics) and Anthony Hughes (QA) will be doing their presentation on Thursday, at 2pm PST in the common area.

Other Business