August 30, 2010

Resignation as Thunderbird l10n contact

Hi everyone,

it's really hard for me, but I've decided to resign from my role as Thunderbird l10n contact as of today (Monday).

Within the last six months it has become clear to me, that I'm not able to do the job adequately anymore, as my time has been more and more occupied with matters related to my private life and my day job. Therefore I've not been able to dedicate as much volunteer time to this role as I would have liked or hoped.

I don't want to fill a role any longer, where I'm not satisfied with my performance and where a motivated person with more time on his/her hands could really make the difference, that I can't make anymore.

Right now I'm working on a transition plan with the folks of Mozilla Messaging. Once a new person takes over, I'll make sure to be available and help him/her with ramping up in the new role. If anybody is interested in picking up some or all of this work, we (meaning Mozilla Messaging or me) would love to talk to you.

I've written up a list of things, that I've performed regularly in this role to give people an impression of what's involved. The list is available here.

If you are thinking about taking on this job, let me tell you in short what makes it so rewarding:
I think being part of a team and being responsible for bringing TB to new people in new markets is particularly rewarding. When I look back and see that we had 38 locales with TB2, are now at 52 and have the potential to reach 80 locales, I see a lot of potential new TB users, which the l10n coordinator would at affect. Working with so many different people (localizers, developers, users) is also something that I've always thrived on. So please get in touch!

It's been a real pleasure working with all of you.

PS: I will also resign from my different roles in the Calendar Project. Please see this blog post for more information.

May 18, 2010

Thunderbird 3.1 RC1 - sign-off deadline extended by 24 hours

Because some bugs didn't get fixed in time, the RC1 of Thunderbird 3.1 has been postponed by one day. Therefore We will accept sign-ins until Tuesday 18th May @ 23:59 PDT.

Please go to the l10n dashboard and sign-off for your locale once your locale has gone green.

May 11, 2010

Thunderbird 3.1 RC1 - Please sign-in now!

We have now landed the last two strings that we're going to do as late-l10n for 3.1rc1 - just two changes post beta 2.

That means, that we're complete and open for you to sign-in for Thunderbird 3.1 RC1. I've just opened the milestone for sign-ins. Please go to the l10n dashboard and sign-in for your locale once your locale has gone green.

We will accept sign-ins until Monday 17th May @ 23:59 PDT, which is one day later than we have previously announced.

April 30, 2010

Feedback wanted - Thunderbird 3.1 RC1 schedule

The Thunderbird developers have asked me to forward this to you and to ask for FEEDBACK. So if you have a problem with the proposed schedule, PLEASE speak up.
Based on where we are with blockers etc, the Thunderbird drivers have proposed a schedule for getting to RC 1. The schedule is challenging, but we believe it is a good starting point.

We would like to get feedback from those with blockers, and others on their thoughts for this schedule:
  • Code freeze: could be anywhere between 10th and 14th May
    probably 13th or 14th May.
  • L10n completion: 16th May 23:59 PDT (end of day Sunday)
  • Build Starts: 17th May (Monday)
  • QA starts: 18th May (Tuesday)
  • RC1 release: 25th May (Tuesday)
This gives us about 2 weeks to be code complete, including addressing feedback from beta 2.
That schedule would give you little less than 2.5 weeks for additional translation and l10n QA work. Is that enough? If not, please speak up here in the l10n newsgroup.

April 28, 2010

Extension of l10n sign-in deadline for Thunderbird 3.1 beta2

We've been discussing the l10n status of the TB 3.1 beta2 release internally. We have come to the conclusion, that due to the high number of late-l10n checkins, we need to extend the l10n sign-in deadline by three days. That should give localizers more time to adequately test their localization.

Therefore the new sign-in deadline is: Thursday April 29th 23:59, pacific time

Please use the new sign-in functionality in the l10n dashboard to become part of this release with your latest revision.

April 20, 2010

String freeze for Thunderbird 3.1 beta2 and Thunderbird 3.1 (final release) was yesterday (April 20 2010)

I just wanted to remind everyone, that the string freeze for Thunderbird 3.1 beta2 and the Thunderbird 3.1 final release went into effect yesterday, Tuesday April 20 at 23:59 PST.

I am planning to accept sign-ins up until Monday April 26th pacific time for the beta2 release. For the final release the sign-in period will be a few weeks longer. I can't tell you at the moment how long, but expect at least 4-5 more weeks.

Please use the new sign-in functionality in the l10n dashboard to become part of these releases. Currently you can only sign-in for the 3.1 beta2 release. I'll open up the sign-in possibility for the final release soon.

Four bugs didn't make it in time for the string freeze. Those are bug 545469, bug 545955, bug 505035 and bug 394687. I've added the late-l10n keyword to all those bugs and asked the responsible developers to inform the l10n community once those strings have landed.

March 24, 2010

Thunderbird 3.1 string freeze has been postponed

The string freeze for Thunderbird 3.1, which was originally planned for yesterday, has been postponed for a few days. I can't say for how many right now, but I will post here as soon as I learn more.

We're still waiting for a few important fixes, mainly the migration assistant and a new quick search. We'll need to solicit feedback on those patches before we can move further towards the Lanikai 3.1 beta2 release (Lanikai is the codename for the Thunderbird 3.1 series).

March 4, 2010

Attention localizers: Please move your Thunderbird localization to the l10n-mozilla-1.9.2 repository

From looking at the Thunderbird 3.1 dashboard it looks like a lot of localizations (13) that were part of the Thunderbird 3.0 release still need to move their existing localization over from their 1.9.1 l10n repository to their 1.9.2 l10n repository.

Right now the amount of changes between Thunderbird 3.0 and the current Thunderbird 3.1 builds are pretty small. Just moving an existing TB3 localization over to the 1.9.2 repo means that the dashboard will report 19 missing strings and 5 obsolete strings.

So with very little effort localizers can get their locale green again.

February 23, 2010

String freeze for Thunderbird 3.1 beta1 is today

I just wanted to remind everyone that today, Tuesday February 23 at 23:59 PST, the string freeze for Thunderbird 3.1 beta1 will go into effect.

We are planning to accept sign-ins up until Monday March 1 pacific time. Please use the new sign-in functionality in the l10n dashboard to become part of this release.

February 15, 2010

Updated release schedule for Thunderbird 3.1 (Lanikai)

There are some news regarding the Thunderbird 3.1 release schedule, which I wanted to share with everyone:
  1. The Thunderbird developers have decided to add another milestone (the Thunderbird 3.1 beta2 release) to the Thunderbird 3.1 schedule. This additional milestone will approximately add one month to the overall release schedule. That means that the release date of Thunderbird 3.1 is now estimated for June 1, 2010.
  2. The string freeze date has been shifted accordingly. The overall string freeze for Thunderbird 3.1 will now coincide with the Thunderbird beta2 string freeze, which is currently scheduled for March 23, 2010.