Notices / Schedule
- builds made, on track for mid-December release
- proposed schedule online
- tree is open!
- please work on your blockers
Firefox 3.6 Beta
- 500,000 active daily users (though only 50% are on the latest beta)
- need to get to 650,000 to be able to map stability data onto the general population
Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate
- there are 18 code blockers remaining
- goal is to get to RC build this week, long poles appear to be
- GFX kerning bug required by Fennec
- JS new bugs reported from beta 3 rollout, need to wait for beta 4 data to come in
- Release Blockers (flag: blocking1.9.2 or blocking-firefox3.6)
Browser / Front End
(Progress reports every weekend on Planet Firefox)
- see our active projects and get involved / propose others
- Namoroka/mozilla-1.9.2 front end development:
- 0 blockers left, though there are some crashkill nominations to deal with
- mozilla-1.9.3 front end development:
- Unfocused has tryserver builds up with tab match in awsomebar
- David Dahl has a new Places query API
- Mossop is updating the extension manager API and Boriss is looking at the UI
- Faaborg and the Places team are starting into the UI changes they proposed and discussed earlier
- Rob Strong is analysing several potential updater fixes
- Limi is looking at the resource packages issue
- Paul is updating the tab opening order heuristic
- Marco is moving Places expiry I/O off the main thread
- Drew is making asynchronous containers for Places operations
- Horlander is driving forward the theme change work
- 3 blockers.
- The long pole continues to be Stuart's subpixel positioning/kerning bug (latest ETA: "later this week").
- 0 noms.
- Jim Mathies' out-of-process windowless plugins on Windows patch is undergoing review, as is Bas Schouten's Direct2D Cairo backend.
- Bas has had quite a number of downloads of his Direct2D build of Minefield, providing a lot of great feedback and bug reports. Unfortunately some of the bug reports are of the sort we feared, driver- or hardware-dependent. We're hoping to get Direct2D into mozilla-central as soon as possible, preffed off, for wider-spread testing.
- Bas also posted a great writeup on measuring performance of his Direct2D builds: how to do it, how not to do it, and when it's useful.
- Chris Jones' Electrolysis shared memory support is undergoing review, for future use in Fennec+Electrolysis. Work for shared memory tilebrowser is waiting on this.
- The WebGL standard goes to Khronos review this week. More public information will be forthcoming once the Khronos board approves it.
- Topcrashes and blockers are consuming the rest of our time.
- 0 noms
- 2 new blockers
- bug 527280 looks like it could be Flash video randomly corrupting browser memory ... very difficult to reproduce/analyze, could use some help trying to reproduce on Windows
- SMIL syncbase timing patch submitted [birtles]
- 3 blockers, all crashers
- 1 nomination, needs more information
- bug 520639 has a likely fix, the rest are being investigated.
- bnewman demoed JPW's talking across processes.
- peterv fixed a cycle collector top crash for 3.6.
- Jonas has been investigating crashkill bugs and evaluating what dll's to block etc.
- hsivonen was able to land the fix for a HTML5 parser crash fix, and continues to work on the off main thread parser.
- jduell has primitive HTTP working over IPC.
Platform-specific Support Update
- 7 blockers left needing patches.
- Read the latest weekly update. (none last week)
- View snapshot results for startup and all other tests.
- Rob Strong put up a detailed post about his startup improvements to the update service, the effect on mobile, and points out some other front-end services that could benefit from the same treatment.
- Joel's static Firefox (sans nspr and nss) is working (bug 525013), and is showing ~10% improvement in startup time on Mac. He's moved on to improving code locality (bug 531406). However, time-ordering of symbols doesn't seem to improve the sequentiality of the page-ins by much, so maybe more improvements there. More data on the bug.
- Ben is making progress on the fastload replacement in bug 520309. Some fastload/invalidation discussion in this dev.platform thread.
- Taras has patches up for service caching (bug 516085, needs review bsmedberg.
- Super-fast-path-ing of Components.* needs some JS team help: (bug 512584).
- bug 519445, for reducing Mac startup time spent in font system initialization, is ready to land when the tree re-opens.
- Plugins: landing preffed-off in mozilla-central as soon as practical. Two potential blockers:
- need mochitest-ipcplugins enabled on mozilla-central, bug 530522 (catlee)
- Tp4 test intermittently hanging, possibly tab-related and doesn't need to block (smaug)
- blockers for turning OOPP on by default, especially note
- Talos process tracking, bug 529137... needs review by Alice and then landing (will require downtime)
- bug 531860: .drawWindow with OOPP fails, needs owner
- bug 519541: need to collect crash statistics from the plugin process; don't necessarily need the final UI, but stability statistics will be very important... ted do you have time?
- Would like to get this turned on and an alpha/beta out by mid-December, though workweek activities may delay that.
- Networking: jduell has channels working in a primitive way (not yet landed): beginning to ramp up other help (fred) to help hook up loadgroups and get fennec working. Honza posted initial patches for async redirect handling in necko: bug 513086
- Help with making debug tests green on mac and windows bug 523385
- 3rd try: this week will reset try repo.
- Thanks to all those who traded in their old minis. We added a bunch more to Try Talos, and have enough left over to start work on Talos on 64-bit Linux.
- 40 new n810s added, bringing our total to 80.
- Firebug - 2 open blockers, one with a fix in place.
- Blocklist reminder - channel all blocklist requests through the existing addons.mozilla.org:Blocklisting component. We prefer to block things at the plugin/addon level instead of the DLL level, so let's have everything go through the same channel for the time being.