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Thunderbird Meeting Minutes: 2011-07-19

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  • Who’s taking minutes? –> Bienvenu
  • Minute taking Schedule. Talk to Standard8 for schedule changes/additions.
  • Note: this meeting is for interactive discussion. Feel free to ask questions!

Action Items

Friends of the Tree

  • No nominations this week.

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Thunderbird Development

For more details, see also the driver meeting notes.

Feature Work

Account Provisioner
  • This feature now has a Draft Schedule:
    • Write Technical Documents. (2011-07-18)
    • Get Privacy Review. (2011-07-29)
    • Get Security Review. (2011-07-29)
    • Make changes as required by Privacy and Security Reviews. (2011-08-09)
    • Merge add-on code into core: (2011-08-15)
      • Remove unused parts of the code.
      • Refactor pieces to use the built-in functions.
      • Re-style to blend better with the rest of the UI.
    • Get core patch reviewed, and make required changes. (2011-09-12)
    • Get core patch committed. (2011-09-26 = Final Merge day – 1)
    • Release the hounds! (2011-12-20 = Release Day for TB 9)
  • No progress, as I’ve been concentrating on the Account Provisioner.
  • I should really release an update to the addon this week, though, to pick up Squib’s changes.


Thunderbird Conversations

Nice progression of the userbase, went from ~2000 users on the 2.0 series to ~32000 (nice!). Lots of press coverage (lifehacker, lifehacker japan) which certainly helped.

Main issues:

Redirected the feedback to getsatisfaction (see; any help is welcome. About to issue 2.0.7 to change the “would you like to leave some feedback” link to point to getsatisfaction.

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Account Summary
  • About ready to release version 1.1; just waiting to get some additional testing before uploading to AMO (probably on Friday). See bug 489999 for the XPI.
Ubuntu Unity Integration
  • Spent most of last week tackling EDS address book authentication, which is now working.
  • The deadline to demonstrate add/write capability for the EDS add-on is August 4th. I seem to be on track.

Schedule and Progress

Thunderbird 5 (Miramar)
  • Currently doing throttled major updates as we keep an eye out for any stability issues. Should be opening it up later this week.
  • Miramar nightlies have been stopped, redirecting users to early bird – It’s a a two stage process you’ll need to update twice to get there.
Thunderbird 6
  • Thunderbird 6.0b1 is being build and tested – should be released by the end of the week, but we’re aiming for Wednesday morning.
Thunderbird 7
Thunderbird 8
Thunderbird 3.1.x
  • Firefox have scheduled the next 1.9.2 release for August 16th.
  • Bug Lists: 3.1

Extension of the week

  • Mailbox Alert allows you to specify, for each seperate mail folder, a message, sound and/or a system command that will be executed when new mail is found there.

QA Updates

  • Validating 6.0b1

Marketing Updates

  • 6.0b1 this week.
  • Scoping out Test Pilot studies.

Infrastructure Update

  • On-site all week in MV
  • Network rewiring completed
  • New build capacity should come online this week

Build / Release Update

  • Thunderbird 6.0b1 pushed to test channels. Preparing for release to beta channel.
  • Testing upstream buildbotcustom changes. Will need a buildbot master downtime window to deploy them.
  • Win32 build slaves are now using the NTFS filesystem (was: FAT32).

Web Update

  • Fixed a few bugs on the new site, and updated l10n merges.
  • Learned how to update the web l10n dashboard!
  • Started discussion on moving sumomo to



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

  1. 2013 new support topics (1478 two weeks ago) – Media:11-17July2011-Community_stats_for_Mozilla_Messaging.png
  2. Thunderbird 5 Support Issues – thanks to cameleon and tanstaafl for helping keep the page current
  3. See this week’s Support Appendix for full Get Satisfaction metrics and other support details
  4. DRAFT Thunderbird 6 User Features Page for TB 6 docs, draft page for TB 7, draft page for TB8

Lightning Updates

  • Some urgent bugs showed up post 1.0b4 (Don’t you love that “beep” ? 😉
  • They all have fixes now, spinning 1.0b5
  • Update: Bugs fixed in this release are here
  • Builds temporarily available at:

All builds will of course move to when done.

Please take a moment to test these builds!

  • We want to get 1.0 out as fast as possible. The current blocking list is too long, I will go through those bugs and throw out as many as possible.
  • Blocking 1.0 list here
  • Lets talk about how reasonable my decisions are when I have the list

Status Updates

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

Roundtable Highlights


bienvenu bwinton jb ludo roland mconley reid fallen gozer jhopkins rebron sancus

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