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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)
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)
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Actions from Last Week

  • Cheng/Fligtar to come back next week with a plan and update for the Fast Video Downloader error messages
    • The extension got a new certificate last wednesday. Will update next week on if all the support requests are gone.

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

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

  • We're past code complete for 3.6.18
    • Trying to drive in all the security fixes from Firefox 5 as the minimal set we need to fix
  • "Scary" homepage snippets for 3.5 users are staged and in Google's camp, waiting on go-live

Firefox 5 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the beta channel
  • Followup on "go/nogo" for Firefox5.0b4 vs Firefox5.0b5 (was yesterday 2pm, was today 9am)
  • Pushing towards final beta today (see release-drivers for up to the second info)
  • Disabled cross-domain textures in WebGL - blog post coming with details

mozilla-beta has taken 20 changesets resulting in 18 resolved codebugs in the last week including

  • half a dozen crash fixes,
  • 656277 FIXED Prevent loading WebGL textures from cross-domain images
  • 659972 FIXED Remove channel switching UI

Firefox 6 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the aurora channel
  • Automatic add-on compatibility bump has happened with great success!

In the last week mozilla-aurora has taken 30 changesets for 30 bugfixes including:

  • 656277 FIXED Prevent loading WebGL textures from cross-domain images
  • 659972 FIXED Remove channel switching UI
  • some great mobile Gingerbread theme fixes and 598736 FIXED Use higher-quality image interpolation on mobile
  • and a backout for Bug 10209 - problems with absolute or fixed position on table [ABS POS] [FIX POS]

Firefox 7 (Desktop)

  • Currently on the nightly channel

In the last week we've taken 290 change sets into mozilla-central resulting in 120 resolved code bugs including:

  • 653637 FIXED Provide a simple way for addons to have preferences UI
  • 656277 FIXED Prevent loading WebGL textures from cross-domain images
  • 659972 FIXED Remove channel switching UI
  • 661471 FIXED Create preference(s) to allow specific font families to be forced to use GDI Classic rendering
  • 658220 FIXED Invoking bookmarklets by keyword no longer works (broken by Bug 656433)
  • 660762 FIXED Remove --disable-mathml support
  • 598425 FIXED Asynchronous layer-based plugin painting on Mac
  • 426643 FIXED Right click does not bring up the context menu on google maps
  • 554919 FIXED Support panels which can be moved by dragging their background

Firefox 4.0.x (Mobile)

  • Removing this for next week

Firefox 5 (Mobile)

  • Beta 4 was shipped
  • Beta 5 will happen for mobile too (see bug 650858)

Firefox 6 (Mobile)

  • It's all good

Firefox 7 (Mobile)

  • Well oiled machine

Firefox Sync

Firefox 6

  • Sync Discovery in Aurora


  • Instant Sync
  • Sync Setup Improvements
  • Sync Brown Bag in the next week

Add-on Builder Beta!

  • release is scheduled for June 21st
  • march toward beta is going swimmingly
  • final testing of add-on repacker is underway
  • team is doing daily, hands-on QA to find any rough edges

Add-on SDK 1.0

  • RC1 last Wednesday
  • found some code blockers, almost done resolving them
  • RC2 today
  • release still on track for Tuesday, June 21

Input 4.1

  • Pushing a follow-up 4.0.3 release today
  • Input 4.1
    • ETA: 6/10
    • Better mobile dashboard and a feature that allows users to tweet their feedback right after submission

Feedback Summary

  • Recent (last two weeks) spike in users hitting bug 479520 (ß turning into ss) I think maybe a popular site has switched over to the ß-spelling?
  • A red dropdown saying "System update required-a critical software update is needed for your browser. Click allow to update" but it can't be installed on Macs. What can we do? LINK
  • AirTel (an Indian ISP) is hijacking users with home pages. The page they're hijacking it with/to just got a bug and is a page of errors...

Press & Public Reactions

Questions, Comments and Highlights

  • L10n (Axel)
    • l10n is good for Firefox 5, Desktop and Mobile.
    • This took a few bold steps for both Desktop and Mobile. The impact is pretty contained on desktop, though for mobile, the tougher visual constraints on mobile make the call tougher. But we should be good.
    • Good news is that Serbian is back on the desktop, so the ADUs there get not only a secure version, but also one that finally got all the garbage fixed that snuck in due to bad interactions with tools.
    • 83 localizations for desktop, same as in 4.0. Luckily, we didn't loos any. Sadly, we didn't manage to take any new ones either, sorry to those in the queue.
    • 14 localizations in the multi-locale build on Android, Norwegian is back in. 31 localizations are in single-locale builds for maemo.
  • Releng (catlee)
    • Ok to build 5.0 final with non-rc filenames? For previous .0 releases we've built e.g. 4.0rc1, 4.0rc2 and then renamed to the final name.
      • How does this interact with mirrors? - Christian
    • Do we need index.html files on the mirrors to hide the files before releasing?
    • Where should 5.0 beta users be updated to?
    • Should 4.0 updates to 5.0 be automatic, or major updates?
      • Current plan is automatic, watching add-on compat closely
  • Will Firefox 5 be released on June 21 or will it get built on that day and then released sometime after?
    • Current plan is to release on the 21st, which is why we are trying to build our content-complete build today. This can change if issues come up during the next week or so of course
  • Final "go/nogo" decision for Firefox5.0b4 (FF5.0b4 is already built and tested)
    • "ship Firefox5.0b4 while we figure out FF5.0b5" vs "drop Firefox5.0b4 because Firefox5.0b5 is almost ready". (was monday, was tuesday 2pm, was wednesday 9am)
    • We're canning it and moving forward with FF5b5

Actions this week

  • Daniel and Myk will investigate the viability of auto-updating current SDK-based add-ons to 1.0 final
  • Asa to connect with Dan Horner and Dave Mason for featured SDK-based, and builder-based add-ons in Firefox 5.
  • Christian is organizing a meeting to discuss release mechanics options (only, automatic update, major update, etc)