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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting Minutes: 2012-03-07

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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays – 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch 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.


Actions from Last Week

  • Asa to follow up with Comms on announcing end of win2K support. For consumers, it’s time to upgrade your OS or move to Opera. For managed deployments, the ESR supports win2K for another 10 months or so.
    • Erica leading this. Will probably be combined with some other announcements.
  • Kev to follow up with McAfee on error from Desktop Feedback
    • Per the SiteAdvisor product team, this was an error that occurred with users of 3.4, and updating to the latest version corrected it. The SiteAdvisor team responded in the SUMO question, and pushed an update to correct it without user intervention last week.

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 10, 10esr)

  • Latest 10.0.3esr nightlies communicated to enterprise list on Monday (3/5)
  • Beta of 3.6.28 going out today (3/7)

Beta (11)

  • Firefox 11 sign-offs today (3/7) in Warp Core at 1PM PT
  • Firefox 11 beta 6 expected to go out today (3/7)
  • Final go-to-build for FF11 will be Friday (3/9)
  • As a reminder, these are the products that we plan to ship
    • Firefox 11
    • XUL Fennec 10 off of ESR branch
    • Firefox 3.6.28
    • Firefox 10.0.3esr

Aurora (12)

Nightly (13)

Firefox Mobile

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

  • Push today
  • Working on a third-party library contest with the Add-ons team

Add-on SDK

Release (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • No issues to report

Stabilization (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • Spinning up 1.6b1 today
  • On track to release on 3 April, 2012

Development (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

SDK-based Add-on of the week? Collusion!


The feature page for Sign Into The Browser has mock-ups!

Feedback Summary


  • Top issues (1): Complaints about Ant Video Downloader not working (“it got automatically uninstalled”). They have a beta version that works great. [1]
  • Still seeing the following issues: Babylon toolbar, searchqu, other search “features”, Foxtab.
  • Noscript + Facebook + App Tabs = slow page loading [2]
  • Localized builds updating to en-US is bug 727508, Secunia Personal security Inspector (PSI)

Firefox 11:

  • Huge (20%) spike in positive feedback (probably because we pushed out localized “give us feedback” snippets. Jump was mostly in pt-BR (wow!) and de locales.


UX & User Research

Welcome to Cori Schauer, our new senior user researcher. She will be working on Firefox and related issues.

The Mozilla Mobile Study was completed this week. We learned a lot about participants’ use of browsers and apps. We’re planning on presenting to various constituencies over the next few weeks, including mobile engineering and QA. Ping Mary to get invited.

Market Insights

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform


  • A new Suggested pages feature landed in the Canary builds of Chrome. It’s not clear, but it appears that this feature will adaptively suggest web pages that the user should visit based on their browsing behavior.
  • A ChromeOS Developer shared some screenshots of the upcoming “Desktop” mode for the operating system, complete with wallpapers, folders and window panels.
  • Google announced that Android apps could now pass 50MB in size. Individual APKs still have this limit, but can have up to two additional “expansion files” of up to 2GB in size.
  • Extensions for Google Chrome are now required to support the browser’s Content-Security-Policy. External research from UC Berkeley indicates that these three steps would prevent 96% of core extension vulnerabilities. Extensions will no longer be able to :
  1. use inline scripts (“<script> … </script>”) and will have to load scripts from within their package
  2. use eval()
  3. plugins will only be able to loaded from within their package or from a whitelist of (Google-trusted) HTTPS hosts


  • An MSIE developer posted a long list of the minor changes in MSIE10 that were released in the Consumer Preview. Among many other changes, Ctrl-U now opens the View Source window, as with many other browsers.
  • The IE team released a TV commercial that celebrates the beauty of the web as experienced with MSIE.
  • As part of the Consumer Preview release, the IE team developed new HTML5 test cases for the IE Testing Center. There’s now 7,548 of them there, with detailed summaries of how MSIE9, MSIE10, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome fare against them. They also released a short video demonstrating some of the new hardware accelerated CSS features, comparing them directly with Chrome.



  • Adobe released a security update for Flash. The update addresses two critical issues that were identified by Google security researchers.


  • The US Patent Office granted Apple a patent with 76 claims involving tablet and smartphone user interfaces. One industry commentator described them as a “megaton bomb” for Apple. Another patent was awarded for an “iWallet” system for Apple.
  • released a benchmark study that measured how many sprites could be handled at 30fps. Apparently Mobile Safari on iOS could handle three times the number of sprites that the Android browser could. For the results of running this benchmark on a Windows 7 machine running Firefox 10 and Chrome 18, see here.

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



Questions, Comments, FYI

  • How/where can I contact the Adblock Plus? does he exist on teh IRCs? (ally)
  • Apps is making changes to Firefox desktop and mobile and integrates (or will soon) with both. I propose that we add Apps to the upcoming releases. Does this seem beneficial to this group? (lmandel)

Actions this week

  • Jorge to follow-up with Ant Downloader devs/plan of action (from desktop Feedback) and ensure beta and follow-on releases address identified issue(s)

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