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Thunderbird Meeting Minutes: 2011-03-15

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Current Release Schedules
Thunderbird 3.3 Alpha 3

Thunderbird 3.1.10
  • Code Freeze and build start: 14 Mar 23:59
  • Release: 15 or 16 Mar
  • Code freeze: 30 Mar 23:59 PDT
  • L10n freeze: 30 Mar 23:59 PDT
  • Builds start: 31 Mar or 1 Apr
  • QA with builds start: 1 Apr
  • Beta period starts: Week of 4 Apr
  • Final release: 19 Apr

Thunderbird Meeting Details :

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  • Who’s taking minutes? –> mconley
  • Minute taking Schedule. Talk to davida or dmose for schedule changes/additions.
  • Note: this meeting is for interactive discussion. Feel free to ask questions!

Action Items

Friends of the Tree

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Conversion Funnel (Priority 0 side project)

  • On hold, pending download page optimizations.

Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner:

Search Integration:


Thunderbird Conversations
  • The patches I’d been working on landed, which means I was able to make conversation tabs persist across restarting Thunderbird, and remove ~200 lines of redundant code.
  • Did a round of small fixes, ready to release Thunderbird Conversations 2.0a3 at the same time Thunderbird 3.3a3 is announced.
  • See!/mozjonathan/ there’s a candidate build for a3, give it a try and report any bugs to me.
Compose in a tab
  • No progress this week, but should release a new version shortly.
Thunderbird Sync
Account Summary
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • Unity Launcher extension has hit Labs
  • Messaging Menu and Unity Launcher extensions will hopefully be in Ubuntu Natty packages this week
  • Begun work on syncing contacts with Ubuntu One

Trunk (Miramar) Development

  • Alpha 3 – releasing today or tomorrow.
    • First release where we’ve run unit tests on the release builds on all supported platforms (only two failures, both known intermittent, reported)
  • Trunk version bumped to 3.3a4pre – the next preview release is expected to be a beta release, but using alpha for now in case we slip in another alpha release.
  • Branching for mozilla-2.0
  • Help on fixing blockers would be very useful and appreciated, see this list of higher priority bugs.

Thunderbird Stability & Security Releases

  • Schedule for 3.1.10 is now up.
  • Updater fixes now landed which will hopefully resolve the update issues we’ve been seeing (with mis-matched versions).
  • SQLite upgraded to 3.7.4 which should fix a topcrash we’ve been seeing.
  • Bug Lists: 3.1

QA Updates

  • Maintaining Bugzilla
  • tester’s mailing list is low traffic you should subscribe to be warned when testing is going on.
  • The QA page is going under a lot of maintenance old content is available here

Marketing Updates

  • PR Update: Several articles still around Backing up Mail, [E-mail tricks for greater productivity Email tricks for greater productivity], and mentions w/ Mozilla Firefox 4 launch as they’re in the West Coast part of their press tour
    • Making the PR rounds with Alpha 3.
  • Thunderbird ADUS: 6.9MM with 1.3MM in Germany and 1MM in US.
  • Testing out some Facebook promotion on the Mozilla Firefox page, F1 got 1,393 likes and over 110 comments via a post last Sunday.
    • We saw a slight bump in downloads after the promotion.

Infrastructure Update

  • More staging work
  • More storage stability work
  • production web moved to python2.6 & mod_wsgi
  • decommissioned

Build / Release Update

  • Miramar 3.3a3
  • Staging
    • Try Server
    • Release
  • Progress on bug 634030 to upgrade to Firefox release automation
    • We’re using a pretty old flavour, and we’re looking forward to upgrading – we get lots of nice features from the new release automation.

Web Update

  • Image migration for Kitsune done
  • Forked kitsune in preparation for further changes, and started figuring out what those changes are(Application names need changing, etc) ( )
  • set up json log for davidb bug 632639
  • started working on site optimizations


  • done: English-language content migration from sumomo to kitsune
  • images seem imported – all good?
  • We’re working on tracking changes, until we’re live with Kitsumi
  • Shout out to Karen and Mike for their help getting the content migrated.


(If you support Thunderbird or write documentation to help support Thunderbird, please subscribe to the tb-support-crew mailing list and briefly introduce yourself to the list)

  1. 665 new support topics (not sure why traffic is so high, last week 763) – Media:7-13March2011-Community_stats_for_Mozilla_Messaging.png
  2. Kitsune KB migration: [Project Plan], English content except for 15 images moved over, prelim sneak peek given to locale leaders for popular locales:JP,DE,NL,ES,FR; plan is to get localizers to start localizing this week
  3. 3.1 Support Issues
  4. See this week’s Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details
  5. side project: have 670MB mongodb database (20July2009-11March2011) with Get Satisfaction Thunderbird support topics using mongoSlurpGS.rb Got mongodb, real time dashboard or data visualization skills? want to help? email roland AT
  6. Shout out to new Get Satisfaction contributor, BlueBearComic! Thanks for all helping Thunderbird users and welcome!

Lightning Updates

Status Updates

See the Mozilla Status Board for status updates specific to developers.

Roundtable Highlights


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