WeeklyUpdates/2009-04-13

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Alix would like to thank Marcia Knous and guest stars Karen Prescott and Juan Becerra for their help in creating a tutorial video for the community.

Development Updates

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

  • Firefox 3.0.9
    • On track for beta release this Wednesday
    • Planning on shipping final on Tuesday or Wednesday next week
  • Firefox 3.0.10
    • Aiming for mid-late May release
    • Code freeze in 9 days

Gecko 1.9.1

Firefox 3.5

Firefox Front End Work

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4

  • we are string frozen
  • code freeze Wednesday April 15th
  • release late in week of April 20th

Namoroka

TB 3

Mobile

IT

Load Balancing

  • Appear to have hit Cisco bug CSCsr96168 on the ACE load balancer
    • Took fxfeeds.mozilla.org offline for a couple hours Friday
  • Pushed out-of-window upgrade Saturday (and no one noticed!)

Virtualization

  • Upgraded four Build ESX servers
    • Replaced 3 year old HP DL385s running ESX with 4 new BL460 blades
    • Old: 2x Opteron 275 2.2Ghz (4 core total) + 8GB RAM
    • New: 2x Xeon 5450 3.0Ghz (8 core total) + 32GB RAM
  • Added another iSCSI storage array to the current cluster
  • Working on getting OSX Virtualization up this week

Release Engineering

  • FF3.0.9 ready for beta Wednesday
  • powering off Firefox2 machines, details in bug 487235
  • new ESX hosts last week
    • one died the next day, hardware failure
    • more slaves coming online (6 linux, 6 win32).
  • try server builds are now kept for 14 days (newsgroup thread)

QA

Test Execution

Web Dev Testing, Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

Test Development

  • Q2 Goals are on m.d.planning, let us know if you have any feedback.
  • Notification subsystem for QAC is in progress, should land this week
  • Working on getting --enable-tests to build on Windows Mobile

Security

  • Lucas and chofmann at Black Hat Europe (Amsterdam) this week and Hack in the Box (Dubai) next week.

Marketing/PR

General

  • Published an update on our activities in Brazil
  • Campus Reps brownbag this Wed. 4/15 @ 1pm! Open to all, will be available on Air Mozilla.
  • Spread Firefox: We're still working on the Affiliates program and will post an update on the launch soon.
  • Next Community Marketing call is Wednesday, April 22nd, 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

  • Mozilla Europe Community Tour: Community members Sonny Piers, Grégoire Coustenoble & Arzhel Younsi have kicked off a 3 week tour visiting other community members in Eastern Europe and Balkans.
  • Black Hat Europe, April 14 - 17, Amsterdam: Lucas Adamski and Chris Hofmann are attending.
  • MozDK meetup, April 18, Copenhagen, Denmark: William Quiviger is organizing a meetup in Denmark and will be joined by Chris Hofmann.
  • Hack in the Box, April 20 - 22, Dubai: Lucas Adamski and Chris Hofmann are attending.
  • JSConf, April 24 - 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.: Mozilla is signed up sponsor. John Resig and Kevin Dangoor are speaking!
  • 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

  • No updates / Easter Monday

Metrics

  • Recent Installer Feedback initiative:
    • story about it by tgdaily.com received some significant attention on digg.
    • between the posts, 120+ comments about the Firefox installation experience.

Evangelism

  • Weekly meeting notes are here:
  • Push to get the messaging bits done for 3.5. See that work here:
      • Evangelism/Firefox3.5
      • Thanks to sheppy for filling in the web dev bits
      • Performance looking pretty good for 3.5 and we have a lot left to do
      • Have a look - we've done a pile of great work this release
  • Gecko reflow video
  • Lots of discussion of the HTML5 + XHTML2 working group post
  • SQL / Storage discussion
  • Mozilla Developer Center:
      • Now starting the process of our MDC upgrade to Deki Lyons. This will address many of our outstanding issues with MDC's capabilities (although not all of them).
      • Work is ongoing on planning and implementing improvements to MDC through templates and eventually extensions. See the proposed roadmap for more details.

Labs

Developer Tools

  • Had our first Weekly Update meeting ourselves
  • April is "Usable" month where we are cranking on getting Bespin dogfoodable. More info on the newly updated Roadmap
  • Usable features got in such as:
      • "search" has been checked in
      • quickopen cache fixes now make quickopen much more usable
      • "bindkey" will now tell you which key bindings you have
      • dealing with focus bugs
      • VCS commands checked in
      • Debugger UI concepts in
      • smart gutter width
      • Bespin Editor Component now able to read in settings from the constructor
      • Plenty of infrastructure work and clean up (e.g. testing)

Add-ons

  • 5.0.4 release last thursday
    • Removing experimental flag got coverage in lifehacker comments are 100% positive; unprecedented milestone in the history of tech blogging.
    • downloads since change are consistently up week over week for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday post launch by around 5%, will continue to see if trend continues
    • new registrations on site down 80% (which is expected and positive)
  • 5.0.5 underway
    • for Q2 overview
    • Category page redesign
    • editor reports
    • New Developer Agreement/source code license
  • Compatibility Update
    • 86% compatible with some version of 3.1
    • 68% compatible with 3.1b3 and above

Webdev

L10n

  • With code freeze just around the corner, we have made the call for all locales who wish to opt-in to the beta 4 release
  • Pike, Pascal, and Gandalf are now working on enhancing the Mozilla l10n dashboard, making it a tool we can use for better communication with localizers
    • Gandalf is working on a sign-off feature that will allow localizers to sign off on which builds to include in the build and release process, rather than having to opt-in via email.
    • Pascal has added a more discoverable sign up for RSS for all outstanding web-l10n bugs
  • Pascal met with Slater today to discuss the localization needs for the Mozilla website for the Firefox 3.5 release
    • The items for a locale to complete for it to be considered a non-beta version likely will include the following:
      1. Getting Started page
      2. First Run page
      3. What's New page
      4. Download landing page
      5. The major update "billboard"
      6. Google Snippets
    • If it seems like a lot of work, it is. But, please keep in mind that it should be less work than what was required for the Firefox 3.0 release.

Foundation Updates

  • The Mozilla Education / Creative Commons Open|Web|Content|Education online course is ongoing; session three will be later this week, with Chris Blizzard presenting on open web technologies. We have preliminary copies online of the week 1 slides, Q&A transcript, and audio (Ogg, 26MB), and week 2 audio (Ogg, 16MB). (Thanks go to Wendall Cada for providing the audio files.)
  • Updates to www.mozilla.org include a new "Mozilla on social networks page.
  • We're still looking for more volunteers to help with www.mozilla.org; for more information please see our guide to how to work with the site.
  • Check out the visual list of Mozilla-based applications? If you know of more applications please contact David Boswell
  • We approved a CA request from T-Systems (bug 378882).
  • Last week the Foundation team participated in a virtual work week; in the coming weeks we'll be posting more materials from the various projects we worked on.

Roundtable

Other Business