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Daniel Einspanjer <deinspanjer@mozilla.com> wrote in, "I'd like to nominate Alistair MacDonald from Boston, MA who spent the weekend before the 3.5 launch coding on the SVG+Canvas map that appears in the http://downloadstats.mozilla.com page. I reached out to him as a community member and he pitched in because he thought it was a cool way to show what HTML5 was capable of without Flash."

Development Updates


  • we shipped a browser last week - perhaps you noticed?
  • 15M downloads and counting
  • Windows CE builds are becoming a higher priority


  • Explorations and sprints to determine what will become the cornerstones of 3.next/Namoroka

Team News

  • Firefox Q3 Goals have been posted to the wiki
  • Stephen Horlander starts today as a visual designer for Firefox! Stephen has been involved with Firefox since 1.0, working on the primary theme for Windows. Mac and Linux for 1.0 and 1.5, and the default OSX theme for Firefox 3.0


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

  • Firefox 3.0.12
    • handed off to build a couple hours ago
    • still targeting mid-late July for release
  • Firefox 3.0.13
    • proposed schedule to become final this week
    • will have a final list of blockers this week as well
  • Firefox 3.5.1
    • starting to build out a schedule this week
    • stay tuned, come to tomorrow's development meeting

TB 3



  • @mozdashboard Experiment & Data
    • Peaks as seen from the ZXTM Load Balancer:
      • addons.mozilla.org: 6127 hits/second, 210Mbps
      • versioncheck.addons.mozilla.org: 4175 hits/second, 30Mbps
      • fxfeeds.mozilla.org: 7628 hits/second, 38Mbps
  • Old builds & ftp.mozilla.org

Release Engineering

  • New Talos TP4 pageset enabled on mozilla-central bug 473821
    • faster then tp3, beginning of the end for fast talos.
  • Graph Server migration bug 487329


Test Execution

  • Shipped Firefox 3.5!
    • Includes Firefox 3.0.11 to 3.5 MU
  • Smoketest automation is 92% completed. 2 tests remain (1 blocked, 1 assigned, 0 pending).
  • started BFT code coverage runs (murali)

Web Dev Testing

  • AMO: Testing AMO 5.0.7 features. Filed 28 bugs. Created test cases for Tagging features. Created test cases for AMO homepage.
  • Mozilla service week: Triaged around 30 bugs

Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

  • Community:
    • Our community will be triaging remaining Firefox 3.5 bugs at Bugday. Please join us this tuesday, July 7th all day.
    • This week's testday is on Security. Please join us this friday, July 10th, from 7am-5pm PDT.
    • Assisted with the SUMO team with release day LiveChat support
    • Hosting a Munich Firefox 3.5 Launch Party on July 31!
  • Accessibility: Reviewed and created patches for 7 bugs for 3.next table related work.
  • Metrics: Accessing code coverage of Firefox manual Basic Functional Tests (BFTs).

Test Development

  • Testing the new HTML parser
  • Making good progress on a new results server. This will collect test results and allow better historical reports and consolidation of tests results from any source (unit tests, litmus, etc.)
  • submitted the docshell sub-harness last week, finished border-radius tests.


Fuzz-testers Martijn Wargers and Paul Nickerson are visiting Mountain View this week. We'll be scheduling meetings with lots of groups, such as the people working on the HTML5 parser.

There might be areas that need fuzzing that we're not aware of. If you need something fuzzed, find us near the QA area this week!


Firefox 3.5 Launch

  • Firefox 3.5 Swag Requests: We now have 205 requests for swag packs for 3.5 launch parties (up from 106 requests last week). Some of the new requests this week have come from India, Macedonia, Spain and Mexico.
  • Firefox 3.5 Parties: Over 20 parties this week alone on Spread Firefox. Some parties this week are taking place in Romania, Mexico and the UK.


Mozilla Service Week


  • Renegade Craft Festival, July 18 - 19, 2009, San Francisco - Opportunity to garner awareness for Personas and to get new ones created. Also a great place to expose add-ons. Sign-ups to work at the festival are on the wiki.
  • Maker Faire Africa August 14 - 16, 2009, Accra, Ghana - Looking to sponsor the event and bring together the local L10n community. Check out the wiki for early details.



  • Firefox 3.5 launch stats
    • KB CSAT was at an all-time high at 89%
    • Over 1000 users were getting help using Live Chat
    • Lowest average response time in the forum of the whole quarter
    • Over 130 active SUMO contributors last week
  • Huge thanks to all the amazing people who helped making the 3.5 release a success for SUMO!


  • Fx3.5 stats
  • June market share – Net Applications is still working through some issues. Almost all data has been temporarily removed from their site and a note states, "Browser and O/S June stats under review. We are investigating some significant variations in browser and operating system statistics. The reports will not be available until we complete our review."


(Update from Arun in Blizzard's absence)

  • hacks.mozilla.org awesomeness continues
    • Recently: XS-XHR, Video, etc.


  • Personas is getting search and favorites.
  • Ubiquity 0.5 preview release
  • Jetpack 0.3 release
  • Open tools directory

Developer Tools




Firefox 3.5

  • We had to pull our Macedonian and Serbian locales due to errors in the localizations
    • All updates have been pulled from our mirrors and update channels
    • Proposed solutions:
      • Wait until Firefox 3.5.1 release
      • Do one-off builds for each locale
    • Still investigating the best fix


  • Since the Firefox 3.5 release, we have 11 locales still in "beta". They made the official release, but still need to fix outstanding productization and web bugs.


Foundation Updates

  • Chelsea Novak joins the Mozilla Foundation this week as fundraising manager, working out of the Toronto office; please join us in extending a warm welcome to Chelsea!
  • We continue to prepare for the relaunch of www.mozilla.org:
    • Our launch date has been delayed slightly
    • If you are interested in helping us embed Bespin as a site editor, please let us know
    • If you own any documentation on the site, please review the open documentation migration bugs
    • See our site roadmap for our plans for after relaunch
    • The Hacking page on www.mozilla.org has been migrated to the Mozilla Developer Center, and the original URL redirected.
  • We're continuing work on improving Bugzilla, with meetings of an advisory group to discuss overall issues and Gerv reaching out to major Bugzilla users; for more information see the wiki page.
  • Gerv updated the Firefox Language coverage data for Firefox 3.5 and reblogged it.
  • In grant news, the Mozilla Corporation made a $10,000 grant to the Software Freedom Conservancy to help the Conservancy expand its activities in support of free and open source software projects.


New Interns

Show & Tell

This week we have the following interns presenting:

Other Business

Firefox 3.5 is not the first browser release with 650 Castro St in Mountain View as headquarters. That marker goes to Netscape Navigator 1.0.

dmose and I (MitchellBaker) were part of that release as well. If anyone is interested I'd be happy to tell a few stories from dec. 1994, and maybe dmose has a few stories as well.