WeeklyUpdates/2010-01-25

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Friends of the Tree Friends of the Tree

Tomcat wrote in, "I want to nominate bc (bob clary) for all his help in getting reproducible crashes/crashkill!"

Ryan Doherty nominates Shae Rivard for his help supporting Personas before, during and after the 3.6 launch. Also nominating Donna Macomber, Toby Elliott and 'VanillaOrchids' for their help reviewing thousands of personas during and after the 3.6 launch.

Upcoming Events

Put upcoming events here, with dates if possible. Are there any brown bags scheduled for this week? Software releases scheduled for this month?

Previously on "Mozilla"...

  • Firefox 3.6 Released! (Thursday, Jan 21)
    • smoothest release to date, everyone was ready to roll
    • live broadcast on Air Mozilla was seen by more than 200 people
    • over 12M downloads since release, over 5% of Firefox users on this version
    • extremely positive press reaction to all key features

Monday, January 25

  • Mozilla Messaging all-hands in Mountain View Monday - Wednesday this week

Tuesday, January 26

  • Brown bag at 12:00pm PST about real estate
  • Mozilla Labs night, starting 6pm
    • Seedcamp presentations (European startups, Seedcamp is equivalent of Y! Combinator)
    • Jay to talk about Mobile Strategy
    • Labs/AMO lightning talk updates
    • There will be food, but only if you RSVP on the Meetup page


Wednesday, January 27

  • Privacy Forum (10am - 3pm PST)
    • In conjunction with the upcoming FTC privacy roundtable in Berkeley, will be discussing Mozilla's views on privacy including engineering, organizational, and legal perspectives (and how those are intertwined here at Moz). Will spend significant time on working groups generating variables and settings within those for use in privacy policies across the web. The outside invitees are largely lawyers, but the point is to have a cross-lawyer-engineer-everyone discussion and working groups. Please come and have your opinion heard and incorporated into the deliverable. Questions? Ask Julie or Aza.

Thursday, January 28

  • Contribute group meeting at 11 pacific
    • A forum for anyone from across the community to talk about how to find people interested in their projects and how to help those people become contributors.
  • Brown Bag at 12:30pm PST
    • Murali Nandigama and the QA team are presenting their research findings on the risk associated with code changes (as a result of bug fixes in the year 2009) in Mozilla Firefox.

Friday, January 29

Coming up on "Mozilla"...

Lightning Talks

Starting this week, we'll have a timer showing each speaker how long they have left to speak. The limit will be 3 minutes per speaker.

Title Presenter Topic Media More Details
Fast JavaScript, All the Time David Anderson JägerMonkey Concept and Roadmap Keynote presentation JaegerMonkey @ wiki
Personas launch stats Ryan Doherty Some fun stats about Personas during and after the launch of Firefox 3.6 coming soon
What's Your Style campaign Mary Colvig, Sarah Doherty Slideshow from the "What's your Style" Personas campaign http://www.flickr.com/groups/1290167@N25/ SFx page & Flickr group
Quality Assurance of 3.6 Tony Chung A short recap of the testing process around 3.6 coming soon 3.6 Test Strategy
What's Next for Firefox? Mike Beltzner Product Roadmappery Presentation (HTML) some context

Status Updates By Team

Firefox

  • Dietrich took some time to refactor the index of active front end projects so that it matches up against to our team goals list. If you're looking to get involved with high priority Firefox front end projects, that's a great place to see what's top-of-mind!
  • Feedback from Firefox 3.6 indicates that we're getting great perceived performance wins by focusing on optimization of I/O operations, specifically batching and taking them off the main thread. This work will continue.
  • Will be scheduling a Firefox 3.6 Post Mortem later this week focusing on the development and release cycles
  • Android Update (vlad)

Gecko

  • Triage for the next Gecko release has begun. Please see the dev.planning thread for details on what is next. A quick summary:
    • Component leads should begin marking bugs as blocking alpha (and beta and final if possible).
    • Quoting from the thread:
      • Please realize that an alpha release is expected to be at a quality level representing a stabilized trunk nightly:
      • We should block alphas on things that are obstacles to testing the changes we want tested or are major regressions that would prevent people from using the builds.
      • In most cases, we should not block on completing particular features or particular high-risk changes, which can always be in the next alpha instead.
      • We're gathering a list of changes we want testing on, and what testing we want for those features, both for this alpha and for future alphas. See: https://wiki.mozilla.org/User:Dbaron/1.9.3_Alpha

Branch work: Firefox 3.5.x / Firefox 3.6.x / Thunderbird 3.0.x

  • Schedule for Firefox 3.5.8 are:
    • Code freeze: January 19, 11:59pm (overdue)
    • QA starts: January 20 (overdue)
    • Builds start: February 1
    • QA with builds start: February 1
    • Beta period starts: February 4 - 5
    • Final release: February 16

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

  • Schedule for Firefox 3.0.18 are:
    • Code freeze: January 19, 11:59pm (overdue)
    • QA starts: January 20 (overdue)
    • Builds start: February 1
    • QA with builds start: February 1
    • Beta period starts: February 4 - 5
    • Final release: February 16

Thunderbird

SeaMonkey

Mobile

IT

Last Couple Weeks

  • Very Busy.
    • 19 node Hadoop cluster up @ San Jose
    • 100 Mac Minis up @ 650 Castro
    • RF Shielded room up @ 650 Castro (network)
  • Firefox 3.6

This Week

  • Phoenix! Status
    • Mountain View IT folk onsite, moving in this week
      • if you need something urgent, [1] is best.
    • AboveNet (IP transit) came through with a Jan 25 install
  • 2 additional ISC hosted download mirrors

Upcoming

  • Next Week 50 1u RelEng builders
  • Production services in Phoenix
    • download.mozilla.org
    • aus2.mozilla.org

Release Engineering

  • Firefox 3.6 release - first release to include unittest and talos coverage for the actual release bits
    • release automation for partner builds is now in place for 3.6 builds
  • Lorentz project branch bug 536188
  • New Talos recalibration started Friday.
    • transition will have two sets of results for talos; old/current machines and new machines
    • expected to last until end January
    • Details in bug 537065
  • turned off build+unittest jobs for good on trunk
  • setup repack-on-change builders for Maemo L10n and Fennec Desktop L10n

QA

Test Execution

  • We tested and shipped a little sumthin' sumthin' called Firefox 3.6!
  • Fennec RC3 is targeted for builds this week. Need help with testing Flash on the n900. See list for top pages.
  • Mozmill 1.4 has been released! See Henrik's blog post for a list of changes. Currently still under AMO review, but can be downloaded here.

WebQA

QA Community

  • Had the Website Compatibility with Firefox 3.6 Testday. Recap can be found here
  • Next friday, Feb 5th, is scheduled for a AMO/SUMO testday
  • Mitchell will be Guest at the Open-Source-Meetup in Munich on Wednesday, when you are in the Munich Area, feel free to join us German Blog post

Security

Marketing/PR

PR

Events

  • Interaction10 (IxD10) February 4-7, 2010; Savannah, GA.  Labs is sponsoring this event.  JBoriss and Madhava will be attending/
  • Techkriti, GNUnify - February 2010; India.  Seth, Arun and Ragavan will be in India during February to participate in a number of university based events.
  • SXSW Interactive 2010  March 12-16, 2010; Austin, Texas.  We have a small sponsorship and are hosting a Mozilla party on Saturday, March 13th from 6-8pm at the Cedar Door.  We will have more details on our party soon.  Please continue to check our wiki page for information.
  • ROFLCon April 30 - May  1, 2010; Boston, MA.  We have a join sponsorship with the Mozilla Foundation and will be live streaming and archiving the event with HTML5 open video.

Creative Team

Community Marketing

  • 3.6 released and "What's your style" was rolled out.
    • What's your style?
      • Please participate by taking a picture with your favorite Personas and update it to our Flickr group.
    • Please help track coverage (blogs & articles) in your region with this survey
  • Community Marketing Call:
    • Notes from last week's call.
    • Next call is Feb. 3rd -- stay tuned for details on some changes that will hopefully improve the call!
      • 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#. If you're outside the US, use Skype to call in with our toll-free number.
      • You can also watch the meeting live in Open Video at air mozilla
      • For those that can't make the call or want to participate online, join us in #marketing on IRC (irc.mozilla.org).
  • FOSDEM:
    • Kerim, FuzzyFox and Gorjan will be giving a lighting talk on "I tested it"

Support

No updates this week.

Metrics

  • Published analysis of impact of recent government warnings in Germany, France, and Australia. Cumulative incremental impact that is directly attributable to these warning is north of 500,000 IE users downloading Firefox. That's huge!

Evangelism

  • Lots of outreach from Shaver, Blizzard and Roc on the codecs issue.
  • Pushing hard on Firebug 1.5 and Firefox 3.6 features.
  • Sheppy is cranking on WebGL stuff: http://www.bitstampede.com/2010/01/16/bringing-kick-ass-graphics-to-the-web-in-3d/
  • Newsletter this week: if you have topics, let us know: about 2600 people on the newsletter now. Going to be asking about feedback on 3.6 - if people have issues and will hopefully have data to share over the next week or so.

Labs

Developer Tools

  • Bespin Embedded 0.6 was released on January 15th. Still an alpha quality release, but quite a bit of progress made over last month's 0.5.2 release.

Add-ons

  • New blog post on Contributions Sources
  • Welcome to Julie Choi, Add-ons Senior Product Marketing Manager!

Webdev

L10n

Introducing New Hires

Please welcome Julie Choi who is joining Add-Ons.

Foundation Updates

  • Welcome to Sara Yap starting today as grant and fundraising coordinator.
  • Webcast of Mozilla Foundation 2010 priorities and board slides up on Mark's blog. Questions and feedback encouraged.
  • Watch out for the "Bugzilla Tips" blog, coming to planet.mozilla.org soon to make your Bugzilla-using life easier. If you have tips and tricks on how to use Bugzilla better, send them to Gerv.

Roundtable