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As part of tidying up some of our websites we’re moving the existing to

Both sites are currently functional and show the same blogs, however will become a redirect very soon. When the redirect happens, you’ll hopefully be fine, but you may want to update your links and feed urls now.

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Thunderbird 13 second and third beta releases via new automation

I was going to write this post yesterday, didn’t quite complete it and so it gets an updated with activities of the last 24 hours as well.

Some people had noticed the extra long delay between the first and second betas of Thunderbird 13. Whilst we sometimes don’t publish a beta every week, in this case we were busy finishing off a transition that had started some months previously.

The transition has merged the Thunderbird build automation system onto the same system used by Firefox – we are now running side-by-side, using the same hardware.

The whole transition has been a big benefit to Thunderbird, we’ve brought the Thunderbird build systems up to date, removing a lot of the hacks that were specific to our comm-central based builds. In doing so, we’ve picked up lots of new things: an up to date tinderboxpushlog, self-serve build apis to allow any developer to request new builds and cancel running ones, the hg share extension reducing check out and build times, the latest release automation which includes automatic emails and better parallelism. I’m sure that’s just a small selection.

Ongoing this will help keep Thunderbird much more up to date, we’ll be able to keep in sync with Firefox a lot easier when it comes to the mechanics of building, signing etc. I’ve also got some ideas for where we can add/improve automation for both Firefox and Thunderbird, so I’ll be putting those forward soon.

Back to the events over the last 24 hours. Yesterday we finished shipping the second beta of Thunderbird 13, this was the first release that had been run on the Firefox system, and took about a week or two to complete as many parts had been missing or not quite there. A few hours after that I sent the go for the third beta, and guess what, we’ve just pushed that build out to the beta channel. Apart from a couple of minor hiccups, the automation worked fine. Wow, awesome!

This is a great achievement, and Thunderbird build and release is now in much better shape than it was a few months ago. I’d like to thank John O’Duinn and Chris Cooper for making this happen, and a huge thanks to John Hopkins who I know spent many hours working on the actual transition and the rest of the release engineering team who have been helping out with questions, solutions and fixes.

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Thunderbird now available in Armenian, Asturian and Croatian (new Beta Languages)

Mozilla Thunderbird is now available in three new beta languages – Armenian, Asturian and Croation. We’ve released these as beta languages – they are relatively new languages and have received some testing, however although the core is based on the same version as the released Thunderbird, there may still be some translation issues on the interface.

If you want to give one of these a try, then you can obtain them from the beta languages section on our download page.

If you find an issue with the translation, please report it under the respective localisation’s component here.


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Removed Thunderbird release symlinks for dead branches on FTP

Since the Thunderbird 2.0 days we’ve had “latest-X.Y” symlinks on FTP for all major versions of Thunderbird. With rapid release, this has quickly caused an explosion in the number of them, cluttering things up (as Firefox have already realised and taken action).

In bug 697050 I have just removed all of the ones for the dead branches (2.0, 3.0), and also the ones for all rapid releases (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0). From now on, there will be no new branch based symlinks, simply a “latest” symlink that points to the latest rapid release.

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Lightning Development Channel for Thunderbird Betas

Did you know there’s a Lightning Beta available on the developer channel on AMO for Thunderbird Betas?

No? Well there is.

If you’re running, or wanting to run Thunderbird Beta builds and you want Lightning as well, then head over to the Lightning page on AMO and scroll down to the bottom – you’ll see the Development Channel which is what you want to download and install into your Thunderbird Beta.

Once you’ve done that, updates are automatic. Whenever a new Lightning Beta build is out you’ll get it. No more needing to download special builds.

The Lightning folks are working to ensure that whenever a new beta version of Thunderbird is released, there will be a Lightning Beta compatible with it.

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Welcome to the new blog

If you’ve just found this blog from my old blog, welcome to the new location. Otherwise, just welcome!

I’d decided to move my blog, as I was expecting to loose my old one during some changes to my broadband accounts. As it turns out, I still have the old one set up, but thought I’d move all my work related blogs across here anyway (this one was set up before I found out). I’m not quite sure yet if I’ll use my old blog/site for anything in particular – we’ll see. For now it will stay up as an archive of all my old posts.

After a bit of time with lack of blogging, I’m hoping to get going again in the next few days.

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