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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting Minutes: 2010-07-14

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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays – 11:00am Pacific, 2:00pm Eastern, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde Conference Room
  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 8605 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 8605 (US)
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

These notes are read by people who weren’t able to attend the meeting. Please make sure to include links and context so they can be understood.


  • actions from last week:
    • christian to follow up next meeting with major update decision – 3.5 & 3.0 -> 3.6.6 MU was released yesterday
  • schedule and progress on upcoming releases
  • review highlights and notices
  • respond to questions and concerns

Action Items

  • Remember that Blackhat/Defcon is coming up – be as prepared as one can be for chemspill.
  • Christian to follow up with MU uptake stats

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox 3.5.11 / Firefox 3.6.7

  • We have ~450k ADUs, which isn’t growing (likely due to people moving to 4.0 betas, as we aren’t throttled…bug 577784 checked)
  • Created 3.6.7 build #2 yesterday to fix bug 560037
  • Plan to release 3.6.7 build #2 to the beta audience late today or early tomorrow (depending on QA signoff)
  • Still planning to release on the 20th
  • Christian will be out next week, but available via cell and checking email

Firefox 4.0 Beta 2

  • aiming to ship late next week, implying code freeze early next week
  • Engineering moving on to beta 2 blockers
    • yes, we know there are too many
  • major changes in this milestone
    • XPCOM changes which break all 3rd party apps and binary add-ons
    • Tabs on Top for OSX
    • App Tabs
    • Retained Layers
    • JS performance improvements
    • CSS Transitions and Transformations
  • developers feel like we shouldn’t branch until after retained layers and e10s for fennec
  • seth, axel and beltzner to talk about l10n-strategy
    • would like to make next beta localized if possible, might not make it
    • depends on bug 568298
  • lmesa will be responsible for updating the beta webpages
    • focus on tabs on top OSX, CSS transitions, retained layers, anything else?

Jetpack SDK 0.6

  • scope scaled back due to time taken up by summit preparation/attendance/recovery
  • focus is on API compatibility with Electrolysis (in preparation for Electrolysis integration in subsequent release)
  • freeze Monday, July 19 11:59pm PT
  • tentative RC1 Tuesday, July 20
  • tentative final Tuesday, July 27


  • planning underway
  • focus is on addressing bugs found during testing/usage of last month’s preview release
  • will likely happen later this month (around the same time as Jetpack SDK 0.6)

Highlights / Notices

Notes or issues that don’t correspond to a particular release you’d like people to know about.

  • A lot of crashes on Firefox 4 Beta 1 are caused by the Internet Download Manager (about 25 – 30 % so far) a bug has been filed to blocklist this Extension for Firefox 4 Beta bug 578443 (Tomcat)
  • Support common issues for the beta are in the weekly SUMO report so you can get them fresher off the presses Monday night.
    • Multiple dock icons on OSX because of OOPP bug 557225
    • If you have the Windows taskbar set to autohide and you maximize Firefox, you can’t get your taskbar to show by mousing against the bottom of the window. bug 575245
    • The Close, Minimize, Maximize buttons are overlaid and don’t show up on Windows Aero. bug 574833

Questions and Concerns

Please add any questions or concerns you would like discussed at today’s meeting.

  • Note: If we decide to ship 64-bit windows builds, it will take 3-4 weeks for releng to be ready to (still need to: finalize build ref platform, order & image machines, release automation support)
    • What can we do to help this decision get made?

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