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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


Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 4.0, 5.0)

  • Talking about creating a 5.0.1 for a 10.7 crasher bug 663688. The issue is in Apple's 10.7 GM code (to be released in July, probably soon) and we have 2 ways to work around:
    1. Turn off downloadable fonts for users on 10.7
    2. Switch font rendering frameworks for users on 10.7 (ATS → CGFont)
  • Aurora and Beta are not affected as we took the font rendering framework change there
  • Deciding what to do for release by tomorrow
  • Ideally would like to release the 5.0.1 update only to Mac users

Beta (6)

Aurora (7)

Nightly (8)

  • Didn't close the tree during the source code migration, mozilla-central is chugging along nicely

Firefox Mobile


Firefox 5 launched two weeks ago (sim-ship with desktop)


Went to build yesterday (July 5), currently in QA. Will publish as BETA to Android Market as soon as we get QA sign-off - tonight or tomorrow - sim-ship with desktop (see Release Schedule). This will update Beta in Android Market, bridging the current gap (official release is newer than the current Firefox 5 Beta)

New features in 6:

  • Better first-run experience - guide showing Browser Tools and features, faster start using less memory
  • Higher-quality image scaling (on devices with NEON-compatible processors).[When zoomed in our out, less pixelation, crisper display of logos, etc.]
  • Improvements for large-screen tablets [Optimizing Firefox for larger tablet devices, e.g. by adjusting UI elements, buttons, font size. (Phase 1)]
  • Improved Form Helper [Form helper is less obtrusive on Android now]
  • Theme changes for phones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) [Now refreshed to look even more beautiful on Gingerbread OS.]
  • Fixed bugs: Optimized rendering of pages that use RTL layout (languages like Arabic, Hebrew) [Universal access]
  • Touch Events (part 1 - single touch only). [Expose touch events to content for better interaction with web pages and services, and compatibility with WebKit/Opera and existing web content.]
  • IndexedDB database storage for web pages. [Pick up where you left off (e.g after crash or when terminated in the background (adding session history. Currently only saves last URL), better performance and memory management]
  • Automatic text hyphenation with the -moz-hyphens CSS property (bug 253317).


moved to AURORA yesterday, July 5, 2011 (see Release Schedule)

Some new items:

  • Selecting text in web content
  • Locale selection during firstrun
  • Publish in Android Market?


moved to NIGHTLY yesterday, July 5, 2011

Some new items:

  • Tablet UI
  • Pull locales from AMO
  • Basic webapp support
  • Use doorhangers?

Firefox Sync

  • Beta (6) - Sync Discovery
  • Aurora (7) - Instant Sync
  • Firefox Sync Add-on EOL Plan - Phase 1
  • Next major feature is Improving Sync Set Up
    • Nailing down requirements
    • Doing User Research for Mobile Sync Set up

Add-on Builder Beta!

Add-on SDK 1.1

Input 4.3

  • ETA: 7/14
    • Complications occurred on 4.2 release with Elastic Search and metrics production clusters, so had it disabled. Looking to have it up in the next release.
    • Grouperfish will land in 4.3.

Feedback Summary

  • Addon Compatibility: Google Toolbar, Roboform, Tiddlysnip
  • Website Compatibility: Bitdefender scanner, FAFSA

Press & Public Reactions

Questions, Comments and Highlights

Actions this week