WeeklyUpdates/2010-03-15

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Friends of the Tree Friends of the Tree

  • Browser Choice screen
    • Patrick Finch or driving Firefox's position and readiness & launch
    • A big thanks to both Jenny Boriss and James Hopkins at Critical Research for helping us figure out what we felt we needed to cover.
    • Huge thanks to all our community members who helped create
    • A huge effort and thanks to all who took part:
      • Basque: Julen Ruiz Aizpuru
      • Bulgarian : Ognyan Kulev, Mihail Chilyashev, Pavel Peev
      • Catalan: Toni Hermoso Pulido, Eduard Gamonal
      • Croatian: Sasa Tekovic
      • Czech: Pavel Cvrcek
      • Danish: Jesper Kristensen, Søren Munk Skrøder
      • Dutch: Tim Maks van den Broek, Wim Benes, Ton Kessen, Laurens Holst, Mark Heijl, Ben Branders
      • Estonian: Merike Sell, Otto de Voogd, Sander Lepik
      • Finnish: Jussi Bergström
      • French: Cédric Corazza, Goofy, Jean-Bernard Marcon, Philippe Dessante, Nicosmos, Alexandre Lissy, Benoit Leseul, Céline Demange, Daniel Schroeter
      • Frisian: Wim Benes (again)
      • Gaelic: Kevin P. Scannell
      • German: Archaeopteryx, Robert Kaiser, Michael ‘Coce’ Köhle, Kadir Topal (now a Mozilla employee – congratulations!)
      • Greek: George Fiotakis, Kostas Papadima
      • Hungarian: Kalman Kemenczy
      • Icelandic: Kristján Bjarni Guðmundsson
      • Italian: Francesco Lodolo, Giuliano Masseroni
      • Latvian: Raivis Dejus
      • Lithuanian: Rimas Kudelis
      • Norwegian: Ronny Vårdal, Håvard Mork and Bjørn Ivar Svindseth for Nynorsk
      • Polish: Leszek Zyczkowski, Hubert Gajewski, Marek Stępień, Staś Małolepszy, Stefan Plewako and Gandalf
      • Romanian: Alexandru Szasz
      • Russian: Alexander L. Slovesnik
      • Slovak: Vlado Valastiak
      • Slovene: Brian King, Matjaž Horvat, Vito Smolej
      • Spanish: Ricardo Palomares, Nukeador, Guillermo López
      • Swedish: Markus Amalthea Magnuson, Hasse Wallanger
      • Turkish: Rail Aliev
      • Welsh: Rhoslyn Prys
    • Would also like to thank some of the other people behind the scenes at Mozilla that made this project happen:
      • Staś Małolepszy is a geniune superstar and his incredible diligence
      • Stephen Donner for being a testing guru
      • Kev Needham for his ability to spin Firefox builds like turntables,
      • John O’Duinn and Matthew Zeier and their teams for springing into action *** and Tomcat, well, just for being Tomcat.
  • Open to Choice Campaign
    • Jane Finette fearless leader pulling together a myriad of people and programs to launch
    • Irina Sandu, Mary Colvig and William Quiviger for spearheading the charge together with the Mozilla community in Europe
    • Barbara Hueppe for leading communications, and driving Open to Choice forward in media
    • Patrick Finch, not only driving the Browser Choice screen preparations and readiness, but also his for his tireless work on Open to Choice
    • Sean Martell who created the web design for the opentochoice.org website.
    • Members of the Mozilla Marketing community who have already done so much to share and spread browser choice in Europe
    • Our design community: Rhonda Spencer, Monique Johnson and Steven Garrity and the Silver Orange team
    • Members of the Mozilla marketing team for their drive and overall support.
    • Thank you to the QA Team, especially Stephen Donner for his patience, and rigor
    • The Web Development, Metrics and IT teams for making all those behind the scenes things run smooth
    • Big thanks to the Legal team for diligence on the written word regarding the Browser Choice screen
    • Many friends and partners of Mozilla are also making this campaign possible
    • Huge call out to all the l10n teams who worked tirelessly, burning much midnight oil to get the campaign site live in 15 locales. With special thanks also to Stas Malolepszy (Stas, I have no idea how you do it), Pascal Chevrel and Seth Bindernagel. Members of the l10n community who localized and prepared content:
      • Alina Mierlus
      • Guillermo López (:willyaranda)
      • Tobbi
      • Rubén Martín [:Nukeador]
      • Michael 'Coce' Köhler
      • Bogomil Shopov
      • Marek Stępień
      • Leszek Zyczkowski
      • George Fiotakis
      • Iacopo Benesperi
      • Tobias Markus
      • Besnik Bleta
      • Wim Benes
      • Vlado Valastiak
      • Kerim Kalamujic
      • Michael 'Coce' Köhler
      • Giacomo Magnini
      • Iacopo Benesperi
      • Pavel Cvrcek

Upcoming Events

This Week

Monday, 15 March

Tuesday, 16 March

Wednesday, 17 March

Thursday, 18 March

Friday, 19 March

Next Week

Speakers

The limit is 3 minutes per speaker. It's like a lightning talk, but don't feel that you have to have slides in order to make a presentation.

Title Presenter Topic Media More Details
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Link to where audience can find out more information
Testday: Improving QMO
Aakash
Testday event page
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Status Updates By Team

Firefox

You can always see the state of Firefox projects on our tracking page, and you can participate in those conversations at the weekly development meeting.

The merest sampling of highlights from the past week:

If you want an RSS feed full of Firefox awesomeness like this, check out planet firefox.

Gecko

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

  • Firefox 3.5.9 and 3.6.2 builds being created today. Testing starts tomorrow.

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

  • Thunderbird 2.0.0.24 to ship 3/16. - Final Release!
  • Firefox 3.0.19 builds being created today. Testing starts tomorrow.

Thunderbird

SeaMonkey

Mobile

IT

Personas bandwidth during MU

Last Week

  • Oncall alert failures over the weekend
    • SMS modem stopped working
    • Took awhile before anyone noticed and reverted to email-based alerting
    • Not nearly as good or timely as SMS
  • graphs.mozilla.org bug 551532
    • some sort of issues with the VM based graphs.mozilla.org
    • moved to physical hardware to resolve
  • New Websites
    • mpl.mozilla.org
    • rockyourfirefox.com

Fx 3.6 MU & Personas

  • Had scalability issues on Personas database
  • Had scalability issues on front-end web servers
  • Why?
    • Saw a 7x increase in bandwidth to the Personas gallery.

Release Engineering

  • Add-ons manager rewrite project branch open for business
  • work on new OS X 10.6 ref platform
  • releases kicking off this week:
    • 3.0.19 (final 3.0 release ever)
    • 3.5.9
    • 3.6.2
    • 3.7a3
  • TB2.0.0.24 shipping Tuesday

QA

Planned this week

QA General
  • Leveling rollup on Weds 18th
  • Meeting with uTest Tuesday to discuss Test Case Management (TCM) requirements
  • Write draft of QA Q2 goals and QA mission/vision for rest of 2010
Test Execution
  • testing 3.0.19, 3.5.9 and 3.6.2
  • Testing and validation of 3.7 Alpha 3 [3.7a3 Test Plan]
Test Automation
  • formalize Mozmill automation for Addons
Web QA
  • More automated test writing and execution
  • Ship 0.6.0 version of Plugin Check
  • Ship the 1.5.2 version of SUMO for mobile
  • Start certifying AMO 5.8
QA Community
  • Friday - Test day to improve quality QMO

Accomplished last week

Test Execution
  • shipped beta Thunderbird 2.0.0.24
  • Completed 3.0.19 critical and security bugs.
  • Working through 3.5.9 and 3.6.2 bugs still
  • Met with Jetpack team to determine Jetpack testing requirements
Web QA
  • revised test agreement with SmartWare from a task-based contract to hourly rate. Both for WebDev QA and Test Execution. This should simply planning of contractor work.
  • Shipped SUMO 1.5.2
  • Shipped a special emergency performance edition of GetPersonas.com (Not Planned)
Crash Kill
QA Community
  • No Activity this week

Automation & Tools

  • Welcome Jeffrey Hammel! He'll be jhammel on IRC and starts today!
  • WinMo testing progress: xpcshell, mochitest, jsreftest, crashtest, reftest all run on the phones.
    • Documenting setup, hand off to Release Engineering today.
    • Continuing to work on bugs and polish as we work with Rel Eng to put into staging.
  • Crash Automation
    • Rolling out VMs into the colo for wider testing this week
    • Will reuse and revamp many of the old under utilized qm* vms for this.

Security

Marketing/PR

PR

Events

  • SXSW Interactive 2010  March 12-16, 2010; Austin, Texas.  A HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you for everyone that came to our party on Saturday night and everyone involved in panels.  Pictures and blog posts to follow soon!.  Of course ou can still check out our wiki page for information on all of our events and sessions.
  • ROFLCon II 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.
  • Processing.js Boston - April 10, 2010; Boston, MA.  Looking into putting together an event with the Processing.js team.
  • JSConf.US April 17-18, 2010; Washington, DC.  We are sponsoring this event.  We will also have Mitcho, one of our Jetpack Ambassadors conducting a Jetpack talk and putting together Jetpack hacking session in the lounge.
  • e27 echelon 2010 June 1-2, 2010; Singapore.  Gen will be participating in this event.
  • GUADEC 2010 - July 24-30, 2010; Netherlands.  We are sponsoring at the bronze level.  More information to come soon.
  • Open Video Conference 2010 - Looking over sponsorship opportunities.

Creative Team

  • Next step in our web universe re-org will be an IA review of our overall site structure...will share results and ask for public input as we go, of course. Here's the overall plan.
  • Creative Collective design challenge: create the official Mozilla 2010 t-shirt.
  • Still working with WebDev on plugins projects:
    • Plugins Check: working on being cross functional with the latest releases of Chrome, Opera, Safari and potentially IE8 by the end of the month.
    • We need help testing plugins.mozilla.org. Please file bugs and assign them to Les Orchard.
    • Planning a brown bag for the next week/two weeks to talk about Plugins Check and how we can better collaborate with other teams working with Plugins ( ie OOPP).

Community Marketing

  • Open to Choice:
    • Here's how to help:
  • Facebook:
    • We hit 1 Million Firefox fans on Facebook - congrats everyone :)
    • We'll be featuring fan photos for the next few days.
    • See Tara's blog post.
  • Campus Reps:
    • We'll be launching a campus reps guide on studentreps.mozilla.org in Q2 that will be localized in at least 6 locales.
    • With this launch we're rebranding the program to "Student Reps" to better reflect the global makeup of the group.
    • See William Reynold's presentation on 3/17 for more details.
  • Community Marketing Call: Please see notes from last week's call. Next call is Wednesday March 17th at 10 a.m. PST/18:00 UTC. Please send agenda items to mary@mozilla.com.
  • Community Spotlight/Best Practices: Please help us collect case studies on all the great stuff you've done from events to marketing campaigns to design work. Please submit it here.

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.  Sign-ups for our party are here.  Check out the wiki page for information on all of our events and sessions.
  • ROFLCon II 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.
  • Processing.js Boston - April 10, 2010; Boston, MA.  Looking into putting together an event with the Processing.js team.
  • JSConf.US April 17-18, 2010; Washington, DC.  We are sponsoring this event.  We will also have Mitcho, one of our Jetpack Ambassadors conducting a Jetpack talk and putting together Jetpack hacking session in the lounge.
  • e27 echelon 2010 June 1-2, 2010; Singapore.  Gen will be participating in this event.
  • GUADEC 2010 - July 24-30, 2010; Netherlands.  We are sponsoring at the bronze level.  More information to come soon.
  • Open Video Conference 2010 - Looking over sponsorship opportunities.

Creative Team

  • The "rethinking the web universe" plan continues to move along. Here's the latest breakdown.
  • New Creative Collective design challenge: create the official Mozilla 2010 t-shirt.
  • Introducing the new Mozilla Developer Network logo.
  • Still working with WebDev on plugins projects:
    • Plugins Check: working on being cross functional with the latest releases of Chrome, Opera, Safari and potentially IE8 by the end of the month.
    • We need help testing plugins.mozilla.org. Please file bugs and assign them to Les Orchard.
    • Planning a brown bag for the next week/two weeks to talk about Plugins Check and how we can better collaborate with other teams working with Plugins ( ie OOPP).

Developer Marketing

  • The Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) has a new logo! Check out John Slater's post for a quick peek. Jay Patel will be blogging more about the logo and the MDN website project soon.
  • Q42009 Developer Survey results are in (blog post coming soon)
  • Q12010 Developer Survey is live. Please help spread the word to our developer communities.

Support

  • Kadir working on social media support experiment to reach out to Twitter users in need of Firefox help. Look for more info about this shortly on the SUMO blog.

Metrics

  • Major Update offer is taking effect, as of Sunday:
    • Firefox 3.6 usage yesterday was up 63.8% from last week
    • More than 40M daily users of Firefox 3.6 now
    • 38.8% of Firefox users are now on 3.6

Evangelism

Labs

Developer Tools

  • Bespin 0.7, a developer preview, is planned to launch this week. Stay tuned to the bespin-core mailing list for the announcement.

Add-ons

Webdev

L10n

Introducing New Hires

  • Christian Legnitto - Engineering Project Manager / Firefox Launch Co-ordinator
  • Jeffrey Hammel - Automation and Tools engineering hire
  • Welcome Michael Coates who is joining the Infrastructure Security Team as a Web Security Engineer.

Foundation Updates

Roundtable