August 28, 2008

August 26, 2008

Thunderbird 3 release schedule for localizers

I've already posted this over in the l10n newsgroup, but it's probably still a good idea to post it here as well. The Thunderbird core development team has finalised the release
schedule for Thunderbird 3.
  • Planned code freeze dates:
        3.0b1               3.0b2               3.0rc1
    ====+===================+===================+===
    2008-09-09 2008-11-04 2009-01-13

  • Planned string freeze dates:
        3.0b1               3.0b2               3.0rc1
    ====+===================+===================+===
    2008-09-02 2008-10-28 2008-11-18
So this means, that we are planning to freeze the strings for the Thunderbird 3 beta releases one week before the code freeze date.

The overall string freeze for the final release is planned to happen two weeks after the beta2 code freeze (eight weeks before the planned RC1 code freeze) to give localizers enough time to get your locales in shape.

Two additional notes:
  1. These are planning dates, which may be subject to change and are not set in stone. From experience that mostly means that it may happen that the code freeze and string freeze dates get pushed back a few days or weeks. If this happens, I'll post here you as soon as I hear about it.

  2. There are currently no l10n tinderboxen for the Thunderbird trunk, due to the move of Thunderbird code to comm-central and the creation of an hg l10n repository. We hope to have this fixed soon. The progress can be tracked in bug 449202.

August 13, 2008

Welcome to the Thunderbird Localization blog

Many of you, who were on the Mozilla Summit already know this, but for those who don't:

After discussion this with Mozilla Messaging's CEO David Ascher and Axel Hecht we have decided that I will be taking responsibility for the coordination of Thunderbird's localization efforts.

That means that from now on, I will be the guy that will communicate to you important stuff like release schedules (more on that in a later post), string freezes, etc. I'll also be doing Thunderbird-related approvals for locales and the related work.

For those, who don't know me yet. I'm a German and have until now already done the l10n coordination work for the Calendar Project and its two applications (Sunbird and the Lightning extension).

Axel, will help me get settled in and will put more focus on his current responsibilities on the technical side (e.g. l10n tools work) and his Firefox-related efforts.

I look forward to working with you guys. If you have any questions or items that you would like to discuss, please add your comments :)