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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 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)
  • irc.mozilla.org #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)
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Contents

Actions from Last Week

  • Johnathan to add Firefox 7 section to meeting agenda
    • DONE!

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox 3.6.x/3.5.x/4.0.x

  • Google homepage snippets for 3.5 EOL will be live soon
  • We're still triaging and approving bugs for 3.6.18, which will ship with Firefox 5
  • No plans to do a 4.0.2 currently
    • The next "point release" for Firefox 4 is Firefox 5

Firefox 5 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the beta channel
  • Refreshed the build on the channel today (was going to be yesterday but got late in the day)
  • Currently parsing feedback data but looks pretty decent
  • Channel switching UI likely to be removed (in favour of separate downloads for various channels) bug 659972
  • Add-on Compatibility

Firefox 6 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the aurora channel
  • Getting decent uptake, have about ~34k users on a 6.0a2 build
  • Two issues we're watching:
    1. Overall size of the aurora channel population
      • Product Marketing and Christian have a short-term plan to try to grow the overall population...will be written up today
    2. Stratification of aurora channel population across Aurora builds
      • Will be asking metrics for uptake data within a channel
      • May need to instrument product more (such as what % of users see the add-on compatibility dialog, etc) if we don't have this data already
  • Add-on Compatibility
    • Automatic bump should take place tomorrow
    • Many more changes than Firefox 4->5

Firefox 7 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the nightly channel
  • Always difficult to know what's coming down the pipe but items of note MAY include:
    • Interesting new developer tools including an inspector/highlighter
    • Opt-in on third-party installed addons

Firefox 4.0.x (Mobile)

  • No plans to do a 4.0.2 currently

Firefox 5 (Mobile)

  • Currently on the beta channel
  • Beta 3 getting prepped for release today

Firefox 6 (Mobile)

  • Currently on the aurora channel
  • Prepping any aurora approval requests, mainly for gingerbread theme changes currently in nightly

Firefox 7 (Mobile)

  • Currently on the nightly channel
  • New gingerbread theme
  • Getting good traction on many code projects
  • Need to update the flight tracking page with updated estimates

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder 0.9.5

  • 0.9.5 release testing is almost complete, should be set to push to live @ 4pm PST
  • We have a queue of polish, tweak, and readiness bugs for the beta release.
  • Freeze for the beta will be June 15th - only regression fixes will be allowed after that time.
  • The beta release will occur on June 22nd in tandem with the Add-on SDK release and Firefox 5.

Add-on SDK 1.0

  • RC1 planned for last Wednesday, but delayed for important late landings and to fix recently-identified bugs
  • expect to bounce off zarro blooker boogs and ship RC1 today or tomorrow
  • release remains on track (nominal release date was June 8, actual date delayed to line up with Firefox 5 release on June 21)

Input 4.1

Other Notes:

  • Releasing 4.0.1 today that includes 7.0a1 and 6.0a2 versions to Firefox and Mobile Firefox version lists

Feedback Summary

  • New top support issue: "fvd.kallout.com:443 uses an invalid security certificate" This is because they had a certificate that expired May 30th that they haven't renewed. 900+ people in the last two days.

Press & Public Reactions

Questions and Concerns

What amount of extension incompatibility will we be willing to live with for the unadvertised minor update 4.0.1 to 5?

  • The gap we have now we will live with. Users will still get notices about incompatible extensions. We'll review this post 5.0 release to see how this works in practice, but the plan of record is not to do 4.0.2 barring chemspill.

Where can I find the Add-on Builder?

Actions this week

  • Cheng/Fligtar to come back next week with a plan and update for the Fast Video Downloader error messages