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.

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