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Mozilla Project Meeting Minutes: 2008-12-08

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Meeting Details

  • 1:00pm Pacific time (21:00 UTC until March 8, 2009)
  • Mozilla HQ, 1st floor conference table
  • +1 650 903 0800 x92 Conf# 8600 (US/International)
  • +1 416 848 3114 x92 Conf# 8600 (Canada)
  • +1 800 707 2533 (pin 369) Conf# 8600 (US Toll Free)
  • from generic SIP clients
  • to watch and listen
  • join #staffmeeting for backchannel

note: all participants are muted automatically; if you want to talk, press *1 to un-mute yourself

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Friends of the Tree

  • mrz writes in nominating Jeremy Orem and Stephen Donner. Jeremy for quick ramp up in learning new Zeus load balancer, he was able to move two production sites over before mid-week. And Stephend for QA testing support for websites behind Zeus, most notably AMO.
  • Ted wrote in to nominate Arpad Borsos and Phil Ringnalda as friends of the tree. They have both filed and fixed a number of bugs for cleaning up old and unused parts of the build system. This kind of code janitor work may be a thankless task, but it helps keep our codebase from accumulating extra junk and makes it more accessible to everyone who has to work on it.
  • Clint writes in to nominate Aaron Train (aaronMT) for his tireless work on audio/video tests last week. Aaron’s one of Dave Humphrey’s Seneca students who took on audio/video testing after completing his project on private browsing. He’s been doing a great job trying to figure out these components and invent ways to bend mochitests to test them.

Please send FotT nominations to This is a great opportunity for the community to recognize those who go above and beyond, so please tell me when you see that happening. Thanks.

Development Updates

Branch work: Firefox / 3.0.5 / Major Update

  • Major Update
    • Shipped last week
    • About 1.5m users so far have switched
    • Expecting to see quite a few more since MU has only been released over a Friday and weekend.
  • Firefox & 3.0.5
    • Had to respin once.
    • QA is in testing period
    • Looking at a day slip for the beta period right now
  • Thunderbird
    • Schedule now available on the wiki.
    • Comments?
    • Going forward, plan to release Thunderbird 2 updates once every eight weeks
  • Firefox 3.0.6
    • Proposed schedule now on wiki
    • Targeted release is early February
    • Comments?

Gecko 1.9.1

Firefox 3.1

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

  • shipping today
    • available in 54 languages – get your local version.
    • Added a new Private Browsing Mode.
    • Added functions to make it easy to clear recent history by time as well as remove all traces of a website.
    • New support for web worker threads.
    • The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is on by default for web content.
    • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
    • Removed the new tab-switching behavior based on feedback from users

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

TB 3


  • Mobile work week in Mtn. View
  • Introduction of team members


Release Engineering


QA Work On-Site week this week!

Firefox 2.0.0.x and 3.0.x/Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

  • Completed final testing and released major Update from t0 3.0.4 on Thursday [abillings, ss, stephend]
  • Ran smoketests and BFTs along with bug fix verifications for and 3.0.4. Verified Debug Build needed Bugs for and 3.0.5. [abillings, tomcat, juanb]
  • Verified Accessibility bug fixes for 3.0.5. [marcoz]
  • Started triage for 3.0.6 [ss]
  • Moved Thunderbird 2 to a 2 month release cycle [ss]

Firefox 3.1

  • Testing Beta 2. B2Build2 builds were available starting Tues. Usual testing, including top extensions testing, verifying accessibility bugs fixes, and update channel testing. [tchung, tracy, jmaher, marcoz, mnandigama]
  • Feature testing
    • Run JS tests. Checked more tests into mozilla-central [bc]
    • CSS – Got new patches ready for CSS Transforms [ctalbert]
    • See full status.
  • Continued top site Topsite and Leak testing. Found 10 new Memory Leak Bugs! [tomcat]

Mobile (See tracking table)

  • Finished setting up Windows Mobile build [jmaher]
  • Investigated mochitests that are failing on fennec
  • Finished cleaning up documents to run tests on fennec/nokia

WebDev Testing [stephend]


  • QAC – Checked in Reviewed Patches [ctalbert]


  • Lots of discussions with Socorro team about UI and getting bugs fixed to get top crash reporting going again [ss]





Spread Firefox

  • Final design has been decided — thanks for all the feedback everyone!
  • Working with WebDev on implementation timeline — Q1 timeframe.

Mozilla Community Store

Impact Mozilla

  • Friday was the deadline for our ten finalists. All submitted their plans on time; the last two arriving at 11:59pm.
  • The public vote to determine the winner will start later today. More details to come…

NLID – No Laundry in December


  • SUMO 0.7.3 was released last week giving us better forum performance metrics (blog post coming up shortly about the new features; in the meantime, take a look at the 0.7.2 features blog post written by Chris Ilias)
  • Working on start page improvements to increase the number of people that find help for their problems (see blog post)
  • Coming up soon: about:sumo newsletter! Community member myles7897 has accepted the task of pulling it together. Expect to read more about this soon…


Optimization Testing

  • The first ever multivariate optimization test at wrapped up last week. Check out the full results and analysis.
  • One key finding — there’s ample opportunity for us to substantially improve the website experience for millions of new Firefox users each year



  • development builds of personas are periodically available; see the forum post for more details

Webdev, Add-ons, AMO


  • Launching a QA L10n testing survey this week
  • Gandalf’s Mozilla Community Theme project should go live this week with a few locales using his tool for their community sites
  • Mozilla’s language download page is going through a re-design to make it more intuitive for visitors to find the languages they want
  • Working closely with Mozilla’s RelEng team to provide enhancements to the nightly build process for localizers to use

Foundation Updates


  • Mobile team introductions
  • QA team introductions

Other Business

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