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Contents

Friends of the Tree Friends of the Tree

  • Marcia Knous nominated Kurt Schultz (irc nick supernova_00) for creating the first private browsing extension Toggle Private Browsing 1.5
  • Jeff Walden nominated Serge Gautherie for his spectacular work recently as a Mochitest-and-derivatives leak champion filing bugs to see existing leaks fixed. Yay for leaking less!
  • Brendan Eich nominated Jim Jeffery [Littlemutt] saying that "he has been a huge help in QA'ing the TraceMonkey work. See most recently bug 465013" where Jim helped track down a TM bug that broke a bunch of Flash content where that content was using a particular bit of Macromedia scripting glue.
  • Ben Hearsum nominated Nick Thomas "for all speedy reviews he's done lately. It's helped release automation move along at a great pace."

Please send FotT nominations to asa@mozilla.org. This is a great opportunity for the community to recognize those who go above and beyond, so please tell me when you see that happening. Thanks.

Development Updates

Branch work: Firefox 2.0.0.18 / 3.0.4 / 2.0.0.19 / 3.0.5 / Major Update / Thunderbird 2.0.0.18

Firefox 2.0.0.18 and 3.0.4 shipped on Wednesday as scheduled. Feedback overall looks good. We're having a post-mortem on Friday to discuss any issues during the release process.

Thunderbird 2.0.0.18 shipped to beta last Wednesday morning. Aiming to ship a final release this coming Wednesday.

Firefox 2.0.0.19 and 3.0.5 are code freezing today at midnight. Still tracking a few blockers that need to land on both branches. Emails will be sent out later today. Note: Firefox 2.0.0.19 is the last scheduled Firefox 2.0.0.x release.

Gecko 1.9.1

Firefox 3.1

  • Ready to move to beta 2 this week
  • focus for next few weeks will be outstanding blockers, polish and performance bugs
  • primary goal is to ensure timely delivery of Firefox 3.1
  • interesting queries

TB 3

Mobile

IT

Last Week

This week

Release Engineering

  • 69 VMs (50 for RelEng, 19 for IT) were hit by the failover problem EqualLogic problem last week. See bug#464458 for details. Very impressive how quickly RelEng and IT groups worked together to get those VMs all back and running...

QA

Firefox 2.0.0.*/3.0.*

Thunderbird 2.0.0.18 - Beta was released on Wednesday Nov 12th! Busy week! Executed BFT, l10n spot checks, update tests [abillings, juanb]

Firefox 3.1

  • Finished beta 2 testplan [tchung]
  • Maintained Beta 1 Top Crashes page [ss]
  • Feature testing
    • Addons Updates: completed 10% more test cases. Now at 80% complete. [tchung]
    • Control Tab/Tab Preview: Added 25% more testcases [marcia]
    • Private Browsing: Completed the test plan and 50% of the test cases [marcia]
    • Developed on XHR tests [ctalbert]
    • Worked on CSS Border Radius tests, trying out the new patch for drawing SVG and CSS curves using the same code and coefficient functions. However, anti-aliasing issues still caused reference matching problems: bug 459148 [ctalbert]
    • Overall Feature testing status:
      • Testplan completion: 86%
      • Testcases planned: 748
      • Testcase completion: 59%
  • JS/Tracemonkey
    • Working on Testing TM fatal Assertion Crashes. [tomcat]
    • Trying to keep up with the still massive churn in the JavaScript engine which is occurring on the tracemonkey branch and then merging with the mozilla-central branch. Doing more continual build+test cycle on mozilla-central, tracemonkey and running tests for the shell and browser for opt and debug and jit enabled and jit disabled builds. [bc]
  • Accessibility
    • tested new features. Private Browsing: Works 100%. New CtrlTab: Is disabled for most Windows screen readers, behaves like old Ctrl+Tab keystroke in Firefox 3.0. [marcoz]
    • Started testing and defining each ARIA testcase on the ARIA testcases page on CodeTalks. This is to help ensure that ARIA implementations are consistent throughout browsers and assistive technologies.
  • Snow Leopard work: Installed the latest seed of Snow Leopard (10.6) on the machine in the lab and found bug 464353.

WebDev testing [stephend]

  • AMO: Lots of testing of Bandwagon/Collections. Verified 12 bugs
  • Community Store: Lots of testing. Filed 10 bugs. Verified 13 bugs
  • SUMO 0.7.2: Verified 7 bugs. Shipped it Thursday night!

Mobile [jmaher]

  • Continuing testing based on the test plan. Worked with the team to see features that will make it into A2.
  • Continued porting test automation and tests.
  • Cleaned up Litmus test cases for mobile BFT's
  • Gave an informal Fennec demo to the Sustainable Hosting team who all use Nokia Maemo devices (770's), they were very excited about it [clint]
  • Performed UX performance analysis between the Nokia browser and Fennec [ctalbert]
  • Bug triage and ad hoc testing [abillings]

Test Automation

  • Mozmill RC 1 was picked up and is now being co-hosted by softpedia!
  • Fixing some usability bugs in MozMill, implementing the UI and main piece of listener code to get the test recorder feature going

Community

  • Helped out at the Green Festival Mozilla booth over the Weekend (Nov 14-16). Gave demo of firefox at the Green Web Pavillion. [marcia, clint, timr, tchung]
  • Finished editing the piece at shot and Moz EU Camp and uploaded it to Air Mozilla (Click "On Demand" at the bottom of the player window, then "More Mozilla", "Mozilla EU Camp") [marcia]

Security

No updates.

Marketing/PR

PR


Events

First of all, a big "THANK YOU" to all of you who helped out with Green Festival! It was a great success!

A couple of events are taking place this week:

Coming up:

  • FOSSCamp, Mountain View, Dec. 5 - 6: Organized by Ubuntu folks. Please check it out if you are local!
  • Add-ons conference, Mountain View, Dec. 11th

Events triage call is this Wednesday, November 19th, at 10am PST. Please call 650-903-0800, ext 92, id 248 if you're interested in joining us.

Logos

Support

  • Support / QA team collaboration
    • Met with the QA team last week about how we can work more closely together with information sharing about common support issues/bugs.
    • Live Chat is a great opportunity for QA team members to get first hand info from actual users experiencing the problem.
    • QA team to get back to us with list of team members that are interested in working more closely on this.
  • Support Firefox Day on Friday! (Page still a work in progress; no comments about the horrific layout please!)
    • Focus is on getting localizers together (both existing and new)
    • Mozilla 2010 goals session led by Mitchell Baker

Metrics

Funnelcake

  • funnelcake03 ships tomorrow!
  • The purpose is to better understand the experience of new Fx users when they download, install, and use Fx for the very first time
  • Last year's Funnelcake experiment was documented and analyzed here, here and here.
  • Thanks to Justin, Kev, the build team, stephend, oremj, tomcat (and others) for pulling this off.

Evangelism

  • Documented in the past week: private browsing, plus additional work on web workers (which are now on hold pending possible spec changes). Additional writing work done on an assortment of topics.
  • Asa @ Green Festival - interest in connections between green topics and mozilla.
  • Add-ons - updates featured in lifehacker and other sites.

Labs

Webdev, Add-ons, AMO

  • AMO 4.0.3 fixed bugs - Freeze - Nov. 10th - Updates pushed tonight to coincide with collections & bandwagon dates -- thanks to Neil, Fred and the rest of the team for their hard work on collections
  • AMO 4.0.4 open bugs & fixed bugs - Freeze - Dec 1
  • Socorro: Triage last Friday, down to 100 open bugs
  • Socorro: file system update was pushed with some minor issues surrounding inode limits -- adjustments are in the works to improve maintainability of the filesystem. Otherwise it went really well.
  • SUMO: 0.7.2 pushed Thursday. We had a regression because of some directory structure changes, now fixed.
  • Green Festival: Neil put together the Green Festival page for Mary

L10n

  • Final count: 54 localizations participated in FF 3.1 beta 2
  • Thunderbird 3 beta 1 code freeze is on Tuesday 18th November at 23:59 Pacific time
  • Localizers are also translating "about:rights" that will be included in Firefox 3.0.5
    • This process has been a good example of planning for l10n. The past few weeks have been very high work-load for localizers. The localization community and the l10n-drivers team appreciates everyone's efforts to give advance notice of any localization needs so we can best coordinate our efforts and not overwhelm anyone. Planning a few weeks in advance really helps as we have seen with the about:rights work. Thanks to Beltzner, Harvey, Kev and Dolske for really setting the schedule on this.
  • Special thanks to Pascalc who worked late last Wednesday to quickly process a request from the SUMO team last week to get a number of localized snippets into the Firefox start page for the upcoming Support Day.

Foundation Updates

Roundtable

Other Business