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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am Pacific, 2:00pm Eastern, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde Conference Room
  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 8605 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 8605 (US)
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)
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  • actions from last week:
  • schedule and progress on upcoming releases
  • review highlights and notices
  • respond to questions and concerns

Action Items

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox 3.6.9 / Firefox 3.5.12

  • Builds are currently in QA testing
  • Plan to release to the beta audience this Thursday morning PST (depending on QA sign-off)
  • Plan is still to release final on September 7th

Firefox 4

  • Beta update #4 released yesterday
  • Freezing for Beta 5 this friday, but this may not be feature freeze
  • Current discussion is to push beta update #5 on schedule, then land Jaegermonkey, and target September 10 for freeze.
    • Under this plan, beta update #6 would represent Feature+String+API freeze.
  • a few features are at risk
    • indexedDB unlikely to be included (spec is changing rapidly, security implications to be resolved)
    • websockets likely to be included, but only as an experimental & prefixed feature possibly not matching spec (spec changing rapidly with new owner)
    • some of the new UI features may not make the cut off
    • priority is performance, UI upgrades and support for JetPack SDK

Jetpack SDK 0.7

  • RC1 last Thursday, August 19
  • RC2 yesterday, Tuesday, August 24
  • final release delayed one day to allow RC2 to bake
  • tentative final release date tomorrow, Thursday, August 26

Jetpack SDK 0.8

  • thawed yesterday, Tuesday, August 24
  • freezes Tuesday, September 14, 11:59pm PT
  • on tap: Sidebar, Windows, Places, Page Mods APIs; E10S compatibility; module loader security improvement
  • might be blessed as first beta-quality release (1.0b1)

Add-on Builder 1.0a5

  • freeze delayed five days to accommodate vacation of principal developer
  • freezes Saturday, August 28
  • push to staging Monday, August 30
  • push to production Monday, August 5
  • [DONE] warn on leaving editor with unsaved changes
  • [ON TRACK] support for multiple versions of SDK, attachment editing, helper addon experience fixes
  • [AT RISK] auto-saving of name/description changes



  • Going live on Thursday, 8/26, at 7pm


  • Proposed ETA is 9/8
  • Preview of the new style for Mobile

Test Pilot Studies

Released Studies

  • Search Interface study
    • released on Aug. 23rd
    • data will come in on Aug.30th.
  • Addon Marketplace survey
    • released on Aug. 24th
    • received 12k answers within less than 24 hours

Upcoming Studies

  • Graphic card study
    • in implementing, aim to release on Sep. 3rd.
  • Firefox Beta Interface study (round 2)
    • in planning, aim to release on Sep.6th
  • A Week In the Life of a Browser (updated version)
    • in planning

Highlights / Notices

Notes or issues that don't correspond to a particular release you'd like people to know about.

Questions and Concerns

Please add any questions or concerns you would like discussed at today's meeting.

  • Firefox 4 is not likely to be supported on PPC architectures - reactions?
    • many of the speed / responsiveness features aren't available on PPC
    • most people seemed to agree with rationale
    • beltzner to wrap up with dev.planning post
  • Is Firebug compatibility considered release criteria for Firefox 4?
    • yes, please make sure Firebug blockers are nominated as release blockers

Press & Public Reactions