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Aakash wrote in, "I'd like to nominate Aleksej as a friend of the tree for his great work in our latest Testday on Fennec 1.0 Beta 5. He filed 2 bugs on the day and, more importantly, acted as our resident community Testday host by greeting every person that joined the channel and sparking conversation throughout the day."

I can speak from experience that this kind of testing and coordination help is hugely valued and critical to the success of our community testing program and so I'm thrilled to second Aakash's nomination. -Asa

Mary wrote in with a batch of FoTT nominations:

Development Updates


( Projects | Status | Goals | People )

Firefox 3.6 (Namoroka)

  • beta 3 refresh should be coming Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning
  • beta 3 includes a components directory lockdown feature - johnath to blog about the details early this week
  • code freeze for RC1 is scheduled for Wednesday but might be at risk; come to the Platform meeting tomorrow to discuss.

Firefox Future

  • preliminary explorations on 3.7 work continue, see the projects page for more details.

Team News


  • News from the CrashKill front:
    • Today's discussion will be about how to determine if 3.6 will crash less than 3.5.x and 3.0.x. The way we do our crash report throttling makes comparing releases difficult--we have to guess on about five different variables when comparing releases.
    • Reminder: We now have the ability to block specific DLLs from loading. For the list of DLLs we intend to block, see bug 525103.
  • News from Electrolysis:
    • 4 blockers until out-of-process-plugins (OOPP) land in mozilla-central preffed off, hopefully this week... lots of small issues being found, but few major ones.
    • Firefox 3.7 to have OOPP enabled by default, Windows and Linux. There will be no multi-process tabs, nor mac support.
    • demo of Fennec with multi-process tabs available: beginning additional work to make it less hacky
  • GFX:
    • Hardware-accelerated rendering has been on everyone's mind.
      • The Layers API has been pretty much finalized, and Robert O'Callahan and Bas Schouten have been looking into what will be necessary to implement it. Please take a look and see if the Layers API fits your needs!
      • Bas Schouten continues to tear things up. His mostly-complete DirectWrite font backend, bug 517642 has been enhanced with a new Direct2D cairo backend, bug 527707. Direct2D will be our first mainstream hardware accelerated backend.
    • WOFF, the Web font format pioneered by Mozilla, has been a big hit. John Daggett and Jonathan Kew attended ATypI 2009 in Mexico City to talk about it and other font-related developments, and John has a blog post about their presentation.
    • Also on the subject of fonts: Jonathan Kew and Behdad Esfahbod have been working on Harfbuzz, an advanced OpenType font shaper. Most recently, they spent a week in Toronto sprinting on the library, which we're going to use for more consistent and performant font shaping on all platforms. You can learn more in bug 449292 or in Behdad's blog post.
    • Jeff Muizelaar has been working on creating a scrolling performance test suite which the Graphics team wants to use to measure and improve Gecko's interactive scrolling performance. If you know of any sites that are slow to scroll, please tell us in bug 527728.
  • Blockers:
  • Team blocker numbers:
    • Layout: 7
    • Content: 8
    • GFX: 6
    • JS: 31

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

  • Firefox 3.0.16 / Firefox 3.5.6
    • slushy code freeze for both releases
    • still have a couple of patches to take
    • otherwise, on track for mid-December release


  • Working on 3.0 RC1, build 2 forthcoming shortly.




Last Week

  • dev-vmware hardware upgrade
    • good for all the stage/dev VMs
  • Bugzilla Update
    • It's live!
    • Regressions tracked here.

This Week

  • Planning for kernel updates Tuesday/Thursday

Release Engineering

    • talos for e10s
    • 4 new talos tests come online, go check out the results over on the graphserver:
      1. v8
      2. tsvg_opacity
      3. dirty+cold startup tests
      4. measuring x resources during linux tp4 runs
    • reminder: need to file bugs to get new tests added to Talos
  • new Firefox major update offer>3.0.15: (bug 526409)
    • Fx2 users are 4,031,576 (4.27% of user base)
    • ready to go as soon as QA says so
  • more n810s (40) and 30+ minis coming online


Test Execution

  • Shipped Fennec Beta 5. Test results here.
  • Spotchecks for Fx3.6b3 today. ETA to ship to beta tuesday, 11/17
  • Running Major Update test scenarios this week across all locales on the betatest channel. ( -> 3.6b2 & 3.0.15 -> 3.6b2)
  • Testing Weave Sync 1.0 beta this week
  • Crashkill QA

Web Dev Testing

  • Shipped AMO 5.3
  • Tested/deployed new drop of MDC from Mindtouch
  • Handed off the What's New / First Run / Under the Hood pages to l10n
  • Continued working through GetPersonas.com 2.0 bugs

Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

  • David fixed the a11y top crasher bug 525579 on mozilla-central today! See this blog post by MarcoZ for more info. MarcoZ has verified that this fixes the bug, and David is preparing a patch for the Firefox 3.6 branch.
  • Held a Fennec beta 5 testday last friday. Attendance has dipped below 30, but there was 7 bugs filed. Please pass the word out of future testdays! Next testday will be on Nov 20th, on L10n community testing.
  • Created a Preliminary Task List within the QA COG to help determine current projects/tasks for kids to sign up for (Independent High School in San Jose)
  • No November meetup, will resume in December

Test Development

  • Created final design test-agent code for Orodurin, got Windows Mobile XPCShell tests running both normally and on the device with the new design
  • Implemented changes to the crash automation project to help streamline the workflow
  • Worked with RelEng to bring up preliminary Ts Test for Windows Mobile, got it running in the RelEng framework (Thanks Aki!)


No Updates this week



Five Years of Firefox

  • Thank you everyone for your awesome hard work and creativity! We're currently taking a look at metrics. But here is a quick glance:
    • Unique Visitors Nov 9-16: 461, 679
    • Unique Video Views Nov 9-16: 296,360
    • Now live in 31 languages (5 more added last week)
    • 2,519 new Twitter Followers and 12,375 new Facebook Fans
    • 5340 new email subscribers
    • Over 1,200 photos submitted. Please remember to get yours up on Flickr and tag with Firefox5. Enjoy the current pool!
    • 232 parties packs were sent. A list of parties can be found here.
  • There is still time to participate in the 5 year Mozilla Creative Collective design challenge. Please get your submissions in by Dec. 9th!


  • Please join us for the community marketing call this week on Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 10 a.m. PDT/18:00 UTC (note the time change)! Agenda will include a mobile update and a Firefox Five Year debrief. Please send Mary (mary at mozilla dot com) any other items
    • 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#. If you're outside the US, use Skype to call in with our toll-free number.
    • You can also watch the meeting live in Open Video at air mozilla
    • For those that can't make the call or want to participate online, join us in #marketing on IRC (irc.mozilla.org).



No updates.


  • User Outreach
    • Published first set of findings from our current program (at mozilla.com). #1 comments from users? “Firefox is great”.
    • However, there were two significant problems identified by users – (1) Open video on the firstrun page freezes, and (2) Firefox won’t remember a user’s settings (e.g., saving their homepage). A fix for this should be in the next release of Fx!


  • 4,874 survey results to our web developer survey - will start analyzing this week.
  • New deki install in place - allows us to restart, now testing captchas to re-enable accounts.
  • Paul Rouget has been busy. We'll start posting stuff next mon + tue.


Developer Tools






Infrastructure updates

  • Verbatim going live soon!
    • Hope to have AMO, SUMO, and Get Personas hooked in for translation
    • Wenzel and Gandalf are experimenting with a website translation jetpack called Pontoon with Silme hooked in to track changes
  • Pike and Gandalf continue their work with IT to take the localization sign-off website live


  • Working with a team called Multi-lingual QA to do some automated l10n testing for us.

Foundation Updates