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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
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 95312 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 95312 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: Warp Core
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

  • Christian and Laura to figure out where to blog about Add-ons compatible by default (to get more testers enabling the feature once it is on Aurora)
  • blassey to report back on disabling flash on Aurora (XUL) Fennec
  • Christian to add explanation of new permissions requests to mobile beta release notes (bug 702183)

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 8)

  • 8.0.1 released Monday (11/21)
    • Post-Mortem scheduled for next Friday (12/2) at 10AM PT in Warp Core
  • Triage meetings being held for 3.6.25 security bugs

Beta (9)

  • To be the first FF mobile release posted to the Amazon Appstore

Aurora (10)

  • Silent Update
    • Removal of OS security dialog for Windows close to complete. Working with releng on final issue. Details on Brian's blog.
    • Add-ons default to compatible has landed on Nightly and Aurora. Currently prefed off on Aurora. Ready for testing. Details on Blair's blog.
    • Your help is needed to test these features. Read the blog posts or speak with Brian, Ehsan, Blair, Anthony or me if you have any questions.

Nightly (11)

  • Silent Update
    • Background updates ready for review and testing. Details on Ehsan's blog.
      • Note that this feature, which had been thought to be ready in 10 will now land in 11.
  • Project Snappy kicked off last week
    • Aim is to improve Firefox responsiveness.
    • Get in touch with Taras or Lawrence if you're interested in contributing.

Firefox Mobile

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

Add-on SDK

Release (1.2 -> Firefox 7, 8)

  • Everything A-OK

Stabilization (1.3 -> Firefox 8, 9)

  • Still on 1.3RC1 which was spun last week.
  • Will stick with RC1 for release next week unless any blockers appear
  • 1.3 Release on track for Tues. Nov. 29th!

Development (1.4 -> Firefox 9, 10)

  • Ongoing discussion and proposals for l10n support in Add-on SDK [bug 691782]
  • New proposal about changes to the way we handle version strings inside the Add-on SDK [Discussion]
  • Still on-track to merge to stabilization branch on Nov. 29th

Feedback Summary


Cheng is on a plane somewhere over the North Pacific so read the wiki.

Top Firefox 8 issues

  • Missing favicons
  • No Java. bug 704741
  • Outlook web access attachments don't work bug 703015
  • Problems getting the latest Flash player to work [1] -- may be either related to 64-bit-ness or Flash installing in an unexpected location. This also presents as Youtube not working:[2] and [3]
  • Adblock plus broke Gmail chat [4] -- this may be fixed since reports have tapered.


UX & User Research

Market Insights


  • Sencha conducted an in-depth of the Amazon Fire's browser, Silk, for HTML5 support and overall performance. It performed below its peers on standardized tests like Acid3 and Sunspider. CSS animations were jerky, and that support for 3D transforms, web sockets, web workers, and many HTML form types are also absent. They also found that the "cloud-accelerated" Silk browser had little performance difference whether the acceleration was on or off.
  • A Citigroup investment research report was released that claimed that their research with hardware vendors indicated that Amazon was going to release a smartphone in 2012, manufactured with Foxconn.

Webkit / Google Chrome

  • Google's V8 engine released an updated incremental garbage collector, which "dramatically improves interactive performance of web apps and HTML5 games". Google also released a Javascript stress test for the engine.
  • Chromium and Webkit had the "busiest week ever", with 1,745 changes. The new Chromium history UI was launched, the Web Inspector now provides more information about object definitions and styles, and support for CSS4 Images cross-fade() function was added to the tree. The CSS3 Flexible Box implementation has been enabled by default, and some initial patches for CSS Grid Layout landed. Support for <meta name="referrer"> allows page authors to specify referrer policy, making it easier to anonymize later web requests. Most CSS Filters now work correctly in nightlies, and computed styles for CSS Shaders have been implemented as well. This week Web Intents is expected to land.


  • Microsoft released reference implementations of their proposed changes to ECMAScript. Suggested changes include math functions such as cosh, sinh, tanh, log2, log10; string methods like startsWith, endsWith, and contains, and number methods such as isFinite and isInteger. "When running on Windows 7, the prototype implementation supports 363 available Locales, 18 numbering systems, many date patterns, and includes support for the Gregorian, Islamic, Hebrew, Buddhist, Korean, and Japanese calendars."

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

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