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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting Minutes: 2011-08-31

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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays – 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde Conference Room
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details – NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 95312 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 95312 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: Warp Core
  • Vidyo Guest URL

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.

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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 6) | Beta (7) | Aurora (8)

  • Had to do a chemspill release for an issue with DigiNotar.

Nightly (9)

Firefox Mobile

m-c Nightly (9)

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

Add-on SDK

Release (1.0 -> Firefox 5 & 6)

  • per last week: 1.0 is not fully compatible with Firefox 7, so we will be repacking 1.0-based addons with 1.1
  • mossop, dbuc, myk, and clouserw met this morning, crafted a plan to test the repacking process before initiating it for reals, and are starting to execute on it today (test plan)

Stabilization (1.1 -> Firefox 7)

  • first candidate build, 1.1rc1, spun and distributed yesterday, Tuesday, August 30 (release announcement)
  • testing so far has identified one potential blocker (regression bug 679554)
  • final release remains on schedule for Tuesday, September 13 (draft of release notes)

Development (1.2 -> Firefox 8)

  • development continues apace

Input 4.3

  • Grouperfish stood up and integrated with Input by the end of September; To do list and documentation can be found on their Read the Docs home
  • Tell Us More slated for end of September, beginning of October

Feedback Summary


Firefox 6.0.1

  • Some reports that Flash is “marked incompatible” in 6.0.1 and that some flash video isn’t working.
    • Actually “Adobe Flash Plugin” is a malware extension… *shrug*.
  • Some dutch comments with “ID cards” not working but my Dutch is rusty.

Firefox 6.0

  • New: Users are not sure where the Unsorted Bookmarks in the bookmarks menu comes from. (caused by bug 625325)
  • Everything else much the same as before

Firefox 7.0

  • New: We may have broken session restore from about:home in a recent beta but menu still works.
  • Loss of http is sad-making



  • 32 new questions last week
  • 12879 views on mobile support home page, up from 11557 last week.
  • 929 ‘I have this problem too’ votes, up from 700 last week
  • No flash and new device support continue to be most voted problems on SUMO

Android Market

FF6 comments (78); all languages:

Dissatisfiers FF6; 1 star & 2 star ratings (35), week of August 22-28:

  • slow and unstable=25
  • no flash=7
  • UI=6 (zoom, copy/paste)
  • hogs resources=6
  • update broke it=2 (DroidX)

FF7 comments (58); all languages:

Dissatisfiers FF7; 1 star and 2 star ratings (23), week of August 16-22:

  • slow=12
  • UI=9 (text entry issues)
  • no flash=11



  • Praise: 331
  • Issue: 96 (25 no flash, 6 slow performance, and UI: history/zoom/text reflow; are the clustered issues)


  • Praise: 116
  • Issue: 99 (20 no flash, 6 slow performance, and UI: history/zoom/complexity; are the clustered issues)

UX & User Research

Market Insights


  • Chrome Dev builds now sync a users “Omnibox history” (i.e. all search and navigation requests and history) and Chromium builds show an option to sync “Foreign sessions” (i.e. tabs on other machines).
  • Chrome Canary Builds show an option to “Enable automatic sign in for Google sites”, although in testing, this isn’t fully functional.
  • Google released an offline Gmail app – Chrome lost Gmail offline capability at the start of the summer after dropping support for Gears.
  • MuteTab was released – an extension that allows you to quieten a specific Chrome tab. 
  • Google is placing increasing emphasis on gaming for the Chrome platform beyond casual gaming. Google is the Premium Sponsor of New Game conference, and has been copromoting a number of games in the Chrome app store, and there have been discussions in the Chromium project about integrating the Joystick API.
  • Fastsoft, a “world leader web acceleration”, announced it will integrate mod_pagespeed, a web server module to take advantage of the SPDY protocol.
  • A Beta of Windows 8 is expected at the BUILD conference, starting September 12th; it’s likely that an IE10 beta will be released, at the very minimum, product features (beyond platform support) can be expected announced.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Opera reported record results, with most revenues coming from mobile operator deals
  • Mobotap launched an iPhone version of the Dolphin browser with a similar look and feel, as well as key features
  • Samsung presented 3 new Bada handsets and is preparing new Android device announcements tomorrow
  • The first, 7-inch, Amazon tablet is rumoured to be shipping in October, followed by a 10-inch version early 2012

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • myk: Where’s the template for these notes? I’d like to edit the section title that shows up each week for the Add-on SDK.
  • What do we think of shipping the update 4 days after pushing to website? — This will really help the add-on situation IMO. (Cheng)

Actions this week

  • Dave Mason to come back with information about jetpack adoption metrics as viewed through AMO
  • Michelle to scour mobile “flash fail” feedback to see if it’s clustered around a small number of sites

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