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Meeting Details

  • 1:00pm Pacific time (20:00 UTC until November 2, 2008)
  • Mozilla HQ, 1st floor conference table
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Development Updates

Branch work: Firefox / 3.0.2 , 3.0.3

  • Released Firefox and 3.0.2 on Tuesday, fixing over 200 bugs including several security vulnerabilities
    • simultaneous release
    • many respins were required; post-mortem to be held later this week (watch dev.planning for the announcement)
    • some regressions made it through the process on and 3.0.2
  • Released Firefox 3.0.3 on Friday, fixing 1 bug
    • regression in password manager found day after 3.0.2 launched
    • fix landed, verified, new builds produced and published tested all in 72 hours
    • required us to back out all other changes and retarget at
  • restarting triage for and this week

Gecko 1.9.1

Firefox 3.1

  • continuing to evaluate content for revised schedule, should have decisions by Wednesday
  • Beta 1 Schedule
    • now string frozen for Beta 1 (freeze was Thursday, Sept 26th at 11:59pm PDT)
    • code freeze is tomorrow Tuesday, Sept 30th at 11:59pm PDT
  • Beta 2 Schedule
    • en-US string freeze is Thursday, October 30th at 11:59pm PDT
    • code freeze is Tuesday, November 4th at 11:59pm PDT

TB 3

  • 3.0 beta 1 frozen; small number of blockers remaining



  • Completed LDAP upgrade lastnight
  • Completed CVS server OS upgrade (RHEL4 -> RHEL5)
  • Breakpad - priority reporting working
  • Upcoming Maintenance (postponed from last week's release schedule)
    • Netscaler OS upgrades
    • kernel upgrades
    • mailman upgrades
    • Final MySQL 4 -> 5 migration, will affect:
      • Bonsai
      • Despot
      • Graph Server
      • Litmus

Release Engineering

  • very busy week last week with all the releases
  • fingers crossed on new rel-automation for FF3.1beta1


Firefox 3.0.x [tomcat and others]

Firefox/Thunderbird 2.0.0.x [abillings and others]

  • Firefox - final release testing and released on Tuesday
  • Thunderbird - Final release testing and released very late Thursday night!

Firefox 3.1

  • Feature testing:
    • Layout/CSS: Uploaded patch for CSS Tranform tests in bug 457324. Worked on CSS Border Radius including wrote testplan. Began constructing states from XHR tests. Started investigating the Video Seeking feature for use in Video tests. [ctalbert]
    • Private Browsing Feature: First draft of test plan is done. Flushed out some questions about data that is imported during a PB session. Ran tryserver builds and reported results to Ehsan. [marcia]
    • Building with SVG SMIL enabled and beginning to write tests for those. [mw22]

WebDev Testing - SUMO: Verified 8 bugs for 0.7. Spent lots of time learning/playing with/trying to break the CSAT implementation (customer rating/feedback of support articles)

Mobile - Confirmed several bugs [ctalbert]

Test Development

  • Gristmill:
    • Completed the Beta version. [mikeal, adam, ctalbert]
    • Wrote the Gristmill Tutorial [ctalbert]
    • Working on post beta bug fixes, and new feature planning. Continuing to test the tool by writing tests and solving "Why I didn't write a test" issues. [adam]
  • Security tests: Triaged all failing test results in public failures to make sure that all detected errors were reported in bugzilla. [bc]


  • QMO2: Updated staged site on Mozilla servers with latest code; logged bug 456796 to import new db dump.
  • Gave a presentation at the Best Of Accessibility Symposium 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Gave a presentation on how web 2.0 apps can be used using a screen reader, and assisted another presenter in his WAI-ARIA presentation by demoing his examples live. [marcoz]





  • MozCamp Oct. 25 - 26, Barcelona, Spain
  • MexicoWeb 2.0, Nov. 3 - 4: First major event for Mozilla Mexico. Chris Hofmann and John Resig speaking.
  • Next events triage will be help on October 8th, 2008 at 10am PDT.


  • SUMO 0.7 being released tomorrow! Highlights:
    • E-mail notification for Support Forum (see The vision for SUMO part 7, section "Reaching out to the people in need")
    • "Customer Satisfaction" support for the Knowledge Base (for some background, read The vision for SUMO part 4, section "Measuring User Happiness")


  • We'll soon be rolling out a couple multivariate tests at www.mozilla.com. Our objective is to test a solution, while also testing the potential positive impact to the user experience (on our web sites) and download conversion rate. We'll soon blog about our exact plans at blog of metrics.


  • Mozilla Developer Center
    • Glitches with edits fixed by restarting the Deki software; MindTouch is continuing to try to figure out why it happened in the first place.
    • Work is ongoing on Firefox 3.1 documentation. Please be sure to add any developer-relevant changes to the list on the Firefox 3.1 for developers page.
    • Continuing to work with MindTouch to shape plans for the next Deki release later this year, to ensure that as many of our needs are met as possible.
  • Mozilla Presentations Library
    • Library wiki is up and running, and everyone is welcome to add their presentations to it. The Library lives here: http://library.mozilla.org/
    • Information about how to add your presentations is written up on the How to add your presentation page. If anything is unclear or if you have any questions, please send feedback to Deb (deb-at-mozilla-com aka "dria" in IRC).
  • about:mozilla newsletter has just passed its 40th issue. As always, contributions are more than welcome, and if you have any feedback about the newsletter itself, please contact Deb (deb-at-mozilla-com aka "dria" in IRC).

Mozilla Labs

Webdev, Add-ons, AMO

  • AMO 4.0.2 in progress, code freeze next Monday
  • AMO statistics script is having issues, we are fixing duplicate download counts today and are working on reducing database usage in the script itself (bug 456687)
  • Socorro database migration completed, currently working on improving priority processing delays
  • SUMO 0.7 will be pushed tomorrow night


  • Preparing for the Barcelona Dev Day. L10n schedule is posted.
  • L10n-drivers work week will happen before the week of the Developer Day.

Foundation Updates

Top Items

  • Mark worked with the team to develop an initial list of priorities for next quarter and next year. This will be boiled down and used for discussion at the October 8 Foundation board meeting.
  • Mark and Frank participated in email discussions about speeding up our CA review process, and Frank will be taking various actions this week to execute on this.
  • Mark provided feedback on agenda and attendee list for the Teaching Open Source track happening at Seneca's FSOSS conference. Mark and Frank will be participating in this event.
  • Mark had a discussion with Tristan Nitot about Mozilla Foundation collaboration with Mozilla Europe, and agreed to meet with the Mozilla Europe board and help run a 2010 Goals session at MozCamp Europe.
  • David met with Harvey Anderson to discuss the Powered by Mozilla project and sent out recommendations to stakeholders.

For a complete list of other activities please see below. Bold text

Program activities

Team and organization

  • Mark did an initial round of status calls with Frank, David and Zak.
  • Mark and the team did early planning and goals for the Foundation All Hands meeting (October 28-30 in Mountain View).
  • Frank produced a task list for transitioning ED responsibilities to Mark.

Public communications and community outreach

  • Powered by Mozilla
    • David posted a FAQ about the Powered by Mozilla program and blogged about it.
    • David had a call with John Slater about the Powered by Mozilla logo guidelines and creating a landing page on www.mozilla.org.
  • www.mozilla.org
    • David continued www.mozilla.org archiving, redirect and bug triage work.
    • David looked into a stats issue with missing Urchin logs.
    • David updated the Community pages
    • David posted a draft of the new Roles and Responsibilities page and new Policies page.


Upcoming activities

  • Gerv will be representing the Mozilla Foundation at the mySociety fifth birthday event (October 14, London).
  • Mark and Frank will attend and participate in the FSOSS 2008 conference at Seneca College (October 23-24, Toronto).
  • Mark will attend EU Mozilla Camp (October 25-26, Barcelona).
  • We have a Mozilla Foundation staff retreat planned for late October (October 28-30, Mountain View).


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