WeeklyUpdates/2009-03-30

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Meeting Details

  • 1:00pm Pacific time (20:00 UTC until November 1, 2009)
  • Mozilla HQ, 1st floor conference table
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Friends of the Tree Friends of the Tree

  • Chris Cooper writes in "I'm nominating Serge Gautherie (:sgautherie) for his relentless work to improve build failure reporting in tinderbox, often in the face of very slow review turnaround."

Development Updates

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

  • Firefox 3.0.8
    • On Wednesday, a critical vulnerability was posted to a public vulnerability list
    • Release Drivers determined this was something we needed to fix, sooner than April 14 (the targeted release day of 3.0.8)
    • Firefox 3.0.8 became a firedrill release, taking only two fixes (for the XSLT vuln and the CanSecWest vuln)
    • We shipped on Friday afternoon, around 3:45pm officially
  • Firefox 3.0.9
    • The release formerly known as Firefox 3.0.8 has now been rebranded Firefox 3.0.9
    • Any fixes you were counting on to be released in Firefox 3.0.8 are now in Firefox 3.0.9
    • A revised schedule was posted to the wiki link above, comments appreciated
    • Aiming for April 21 release (a week later than scheduled)
  • Firefox 3.0.10
    • Proposed schedule on wiki
    • Targeting mid-May release
  • Final major update for Firefox 2.0.0.x
    • Looking at issuing a final major update for Firefox 2.0.0.20
    • Planning for shortly after 3.0.9
    • More details this week

Gecko 1.9.1

  • Beta 4 progress: Up a few bugs for JS at 37, up overall at 88 from 76.
  • At the fix rates we're seeing now, we're going try to make a decision in tomorrow's development meeting on the code freeze deadline of April 6.
  • We're in the middle of planning new features and work items for future releases. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
    • Each team has created a list and prioritized possible major work items for the next release.
    • There's several ongoing dev.planning discussions of the work lists for each of the groups. Links to threads: Javascript, GFX, Layout, and Content.
    • For overall Platform planning, see this wiki page.
    • Next steps are to discuss the overall plan for what the next Gecko release will look like, not just features, but duration and timing.
  • Blocker Status:
    • 9 final blocker bugs left in content. (14 last time)
    • 4 GFX final blockers. (Last week: 1)
    • 11 Layout final blockers. Six have patches. (Last week: 11)
    • 3 SVG final blockers.
    • JS with 37 blockers. Looks like about 16 of those bugs require a beta vector; however, only four of the 16 have patches. (Last week: 33)
  • Triage needed. 27 noms are in the queue right now.
  • For weekly engineering meeting notes and other info see the Platform page.
  • 88 total 1.9.1 blockers (last week: 86).

Firefox 3.5

Firefox Front End Work

  • 11 blockers left, only 1 of which is complicated, 7 are just waiting to land
  • some likely UI opportunistic updates for Beta 4
    • updated privacy preferences pane bug 462041 (needs review)
    • updated clear recent history dialog bug 480169 (needs patch)
    • refactoring Places DB for performance bug 476297 (landed)
    • restoring only visible tabs first upon session restore bug 480148 (needs landing)
    • updates/fixes to PFS so plugin installers can be executed bug 435788 (fixed)
    • new tab experience - under evaluation, but requires string changes

Beta 3

  • really solid, starting to gather feedback (seems positive)
  • already > 500,000 users

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4

  • this will be the first release with the new version number
  • current schedule:
    • string freeze was Thursday at 11:59pm PDT
    • code freeze Monday April 6th - to be discussed at tomorrow's meeting
    • release week of April 13th

TB 3

Mobile

IT

  • Special thanks Mozilla Mirrors for their help with 3.0.8 on a Friday afternoon!
  • Signed up for Skype SIP Beta program
  • Turning up Internap FCP tomorrow night.
    • Will help better utilize bandwidth links out of the San Jose datacenter
    • Will help optimize for performance (brown-outs)
    • Has been in "advise mode" over the weekend
  • Finally got the 2 10GE cross-connects linking the 16th & 14th datacenter floors together! Should see a flurry of new machines come online in the next week or so.

Release Engineering

  • Shipped Firefox 3.0.8. Big thanks to Ben and Nick for fast turn around!
  • storage backend issues bug 485123
  • More slaves for talos try (added vista and leopard slaves) bug 479522
  • MozillaTry server fixed bug 485380
  • Dave Townsend for mozilla-central and mozilla-1.9.1. Automated nightly builds coming soon. bug 445191
  • If you care about more than 60 days of history on tinderbox waterfalls please comment on this post

QA

Test Execution

  • Shipped Fx 3.0.8
  • FFTs pass against beta 3. (Windows 91%, Mac 63%, Linux 83%)

Web Dev Testing, Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Communty

  • Community: Tomcat talked at the MAOW workshop (Mozilla Add-Ons Workshop) in Berlin. He also joined the OpenOffice Meetup in Munich.
  • WebDev - tested the Personas website redesign. Tested SUMO 1.0 and verified resolved bugs. Tested the Spread Firefox redesign, verified these bugs along with these.
  • Accessibility
    • Marco just got back from CSUN 2009.
    • The Mozilla-funded open source screen reader for Windows, NVDA, enjoyed great success at this year's CSUN conference. The week before CSUN, all public libraries in New Zealand installed NVDA on their public access terminals so blind individuals can get speech-assisted access to their services.
    • Marco presented on what's up in Mozilla accessibility, what we did for Firefox 3.5, what lies ahead in terms of access to the Mac, HTML 5, further ARIA ideas and other related topics.
  • Metrics - presented Security bugs code coverage analysis to the security dev team. We have identified around 30 files for further analysis based on this.

Test Development

  • Finalized Maemkit - ran tests on Windows and checked in.
  • Uploaded first batch of results for Greener Tinderbox effort.
  • Worked on Q2 Goals
  • Mikeal speaking at PyCon

Security

  • Firefox 3.0.8 fixed two Critical vulnerabilities, one of which was released publicly.
  • Mozilla sent 7 people to CanSecWest 2009 which yielded one of the two bugs fixed in 3.0.8.

Marketing/PR

General

  • Change the Web Challenge: Please get in your web apps and add-ons -- check out the Social Actions blog for ideas on Firefox add-ons! Due date is April 3rd.
  • The new Spread Firefox is open for QA - please check it out!
  • Next Community Marketing call is this Wednesday, April 8th, 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.

PR

Events

  • Open Video Conference, June 19 - 20, New York: Mozilla is now sponsoring and Chris Blizzard will be presenting. *NTEN Conference, April 26 - 28, 2009, San Francisco: They are looking for volunteers:
    • Day of Service, Sunday, April 26th: Two opportunities:
      • Strategy consults, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Organizations are looking for everything from technology help to marketing and fundraising tips. Sign ups here.
      • Help install wireless networks at St. Anthony's in SF's Tenderloin district or on Treasure Island. Sign ups here.

Support

Metrics

  • Shipped Funnelcake07 last Thursday
  • Shipped a modified version of Firefox last week with a different installer
    • A single day test allowing users (en-US*Windows) to leave feedback when canceling out of installing Firefox
    • More than 5,000 people hit the feedback form
    • 350 responses
    • The most common comment from users?
    • Series of blog posts with published findings planned for this week
    • Eventual outcome/impact? we hope to make changes to the Firefox user experience based on these findings

Evangelism

  • No updates this week.

Labs

  • Weave 0.3 release today!
  • Weave .next planning in progress, contact us if you'd like to participate.

Developer Tools

  • Joe Walker and Kevin Dangoor are in town and will give the status update!
  • Joe Walker has been working on collaboration and will discuss his work
  • Kevin Dangoor has been working on VCS integration and will discuss his work
  • Web 2.0 Expo:
      • Giving a talk on developer tools and Bespin
      • We have an "Open" meetup after our talk, please come check it out and tool Web tools!
  • We will be releasing Thunderhead and previewing the Open Web Tools Directory
  • Bespin community is alive as usual, of note Roberto created an iPhone preview plugin

Add-ons

  • 3.1b3 compatibility up to 65% of total usage (+5%)
  • Total 3.1.* compatibility up to 84%, working to close gap on b3 compatibility
    • Starting with beta 4, 3.5.* version will be available on AMO.
  • Continuing to work on improving AMO editor throughput, currently around 700 reviews/month, goal is to double this by end of Q2 and reduce review time.
  • Meeting with MoMo this week to talk about improving AMO story for Thunderbird with better editor support and more frequent updates of recommended lists for TB.

Webdev

L10n

  • No updates, everyone's hard at work localizing Firefox 3.5 beta 4

Foundation Updates

  • www.mozilla.org redesign continued with release and feedback on round 2 concepts. Thanks for great feedback.
      • Over the next 10 days, we'll be working with Happy Cog on a third round design that incorporates what we've heard.
      • Overall planning pages related to the update of www.mozilla.org updated. These offer a good way to track what's going on.
  • We're now advertising Mozilla volunteer opportunities using VolunteerMatch.
      • At this stage, we're looking for people to help w/ content, design and sysadmin on www.mozilla.org. If you know potential volunteers, send them our way.
  • The joint Mozilla / Creative Commons open education course starts this Thursday.
      • Online course modelled after the recent Mozilla Labs Design Challenge.
      • Quick summary here and here
  • We discussed systems for doing online presentation at our weekly Mozilla Education call. The short version: WebEx works now, Dimdim is coming on strong, but we need to think about how to do this using open media and no Flash.
  • Bonus post: interview w/ David Ascher about future opportunities for Mozilla in the messaging space. We're hoping to get some conversation moving on this topic.

Roundtable

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