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Suneel Gupta writes in, "I'd like to nominate Toby Elliott and Donna Macomber (a personas community member) for their hard work in diligently filtering through submitted designs to the approval gallery and approving those that meet the community guidelines. thanks to Toby and Donna, Mozilla has welcomed over 10,000 pieces of art to the Personas gallery and over 7,000 new artists to the Mozilla community."

Cheng Wang writes in to nominate "Laura Thompson, Stephen Donner, Trevor Hardcastle, and Eric Cooper for staying up past 3:30 (at least for Laura) working on pushing SUMO 1.0.2 to production. I know they didn't get all the kinks ironed out but staying up 'till then and then dragging yourself into work the next day is MAD PROPS worthy if I've ever seen it."

Development Updates

Branch work: Firefox 3.0.x / Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

Gecko 1.9.1

  • RC freeze this week. We're planning for Wed of this week as the freeze date, and will be discussing actual date during tomorrow's dev meeting.
  • Julian Seward, creator of Valgrind and bzip2 joins the Javascript team today. From his home in Stuttgart, Germany, he'll be working on nanojit and making the tracing engine even faster.
  • Blocker Status:
    • 5 final blocker bugs left in content.
    • 1 GFX final blockers.
    • 2 Layout final blockers.
    • JS with 13 blockers, 4 w/ patch. (Last week: 18)
  • 35 noms needing triage.
  • For weekly engineering meeting notes and other info see the Platform page.
  • 33 total 1.9.1 blockers (last week: 57!).

Firefox 3.5

Firefox Front End Work


TB 3

  • Thunderbird 3.0b3 schedule is still up in the air; we hope to nail it down shortly, after bug 474701 lands.
  • We'll be adding a beta 4 release after beta 3. The hope is that beta 4 will be significantly shorter than previous betas.



  • Lots of infrastructure work
    • major iSCSI storage firmware upgrades
    • kernel upgrades
    • crash-stats.mozilla.com database migration
  • Datacenter clean-up trip

Release Engineering

  • Lukas starting tomorrow (canadian holiday today)
  • production-master hiccup this morning; nightlies coming, still trying to figure out what happened
  • wait times
    • creating more build/unittest slaves this week, now that machines and new disks are coming online
    • needed because expecting a spike in load before FF3.5rc1


Test Execution

Web Dev Testing, Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

  • Top Site Testing: Filed a number of new crasher bugs
  • Web Dev Testing:
    • Continued working on AMO version 5.0.6. Tested the new 0.4 version of the Add-ons Collections extension, in tandem with the Collections-management web scaffolding. Worked on automating testing of the different button states in AMO.
    • Completed final SUMO version 1.0.2 testing and shipped!
    • Helped test Get Personas version 1.3.
    • Worked on Spread Firefox redesign 3.1 milestone testing.
    • Worked on Mozilla.com Fastest Firefox upload page.
  • Community:
  • Accessibility:
    • Trunk work on ARIA grid/ARIA tree grid implementation
    • Firefox 3.5 work for HTML 5 audio/video element embedded controls exposure to screen readers such as NVDA landed on Friday and have all "survived" the weekend!
    • Visited the SightCity conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday. Lots of low-tech stuff there this year. Nothing spectacularly new on the screen reader front. Handy Tech, a German braille display manufacturer, did show an iMac with VoiceOver and all kinds of Mac OS X applications. Unfortunately, they couldn't show Firefox yet :(
    • Did some initial testing of the new German Firefox community forum, which was just upgraded to phpBB version 3 and is going to receive both an accessibility upgrade of stuff that's going to be in the phpBB 3.0.5 forum software update, as well as an Accessibility-related forum offering support to both screen reader users with Firefox, as well as web designers a place to ask questions about how certain things will be translated from HTML to a11y APIs.
  • Project Metrics: Added/updated: Regressions time plot, code coverage "bubbles" timeplot, code coverage "bars" time plot. This is work in progress and primarily for finding ways to best visualize the data.

Test Development


No updates.


Firefox 3.5 Launch

  • Firefox 3.5 Launch Workshops:
    • May 20th:
      • 9 a.m. PDT/16:00 UTC - Video

Mozilla Service Week

  • New timing! We'll soft launch on June 16th with the en-US site and build out the program and partners over the course of the summer. The actual service week will take place in mid-Sept.

Community Marketing Call

  • Next Community Marketing call is Wednesday, May 20th, at 10am PDT. Dial-in Info: +1.650.903.0800, followed by 92# and then 7391#. Or you can use our toll-free number: +1.800.707.2533, followed by 369# and then 7391#. For those that can't make the call or want to participate online, join us in #marketing on irc.mozilla.org. Please note the new the new Air Mozilla channel for all marketing-related activities.



  • Mozilla Party JP 10th Anniversary, May 30th, Tokyo, Japan: The Japanese Mozilla community, Mozillagumi, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this May 30th in Tokyo at Belle Salle Nishi Shinjuku. Guest speakers include Asa Dotzler from Mozilla and Bob Chao from Mozilla's Taiwan community.
  • The 2009 MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference, May 31 - June 4, 2009, Kuala Lumpur: Gen Kanai of Mozilla's Evangelism team will be on a panel discussion on breakthrough innovations via open source software. Gen will also present on the upcoming Firefox 3.5 release as well as other Mozilla efforts.
  • eLiberatica Open Source and Free Software Conference (Bucharest, Romania) - May 22-23:
    • Gandalf and William to present
    • Special "Mozilla Community Booth" will be set up for presentations and contributor sign-ups
    • Full details here
  • Mozilla-Maemo Danish Weekend (Copenhagen, Denmark) - May 30-31:
    • 2-day workshops focusing on Mozilla, Maemo and Mozilla-Maemo projects
    • Details



  • No updates this week


  • Documentation
    • Mouse gesture events are now documented.
    • Continuing to prepare to upgrade to MindTouch 2009, hopefully next week.
    • Added a new template, embed_text that lets you embed a text file attached to the article into the body, with optional syntax highlighting. This can be used to let the same code appear in the body and be downloadable without having to maintain both separately.
    • As usual, final updates for Firefox 3.5 are ongoing.
  • 35 days - going to sort out dates this week - expect mail from me


Developer Tools

No update




Firefox 3.5

  • Opt-in thread now open, please opt-in by Wednesday, May 20th, noon UTC.
    • 43 green locales so far, and counting
    • 9 opt-ins so far. Localizers: please opt in.
  • 9 new strings to translate since beta4
    • 6 strings landed after beta4
    • 1 more string to translate mass-landed by Stas on Thursday, May 14 in toolkit/chrome/global/videocontrols.dtd: <!ENTITY scrubberScale.nameFormat "#1 of #2 elapsed">
    • 2 strings landed on Friday, May 15 in browser/locales/en-US/chrome/browser/browser.properties (diff, newsgroups message)


  • Mozilla IT survey: bug 493096
    • Mozilla's IT team is investigating the need for a data center in South America and in Asia-Pacific.
    • Locales: pt-BR (done), es-CL, es-AR, ms, ta-IN, ta-LK, th, jp, hi-IN, id


Foundation Updates


Please join me in welcoming 2 new interns who just started today:

- Simon Krueger will be working in the Metrics group
- Mark Hahnenberg will be joining the Web Dev team

Other Business

  • Moving Weekly Update meeting to 11 AM Pacific?
    • Please add your thoughts to the news group: mozilla.dev.planning "Moving WeeklyUpdate meeting to 11 AM Pacific?" or the respective google group