January 28, 2009

New (and hopefully final) release schedule for Thunderbird 3 beta2

We finally have release schedule for TB3 beta2 for you.

Here it is (All dates use time of 23:59 PST):
  • Slushy String freeze date: 2009-02-10 (Feb 10 2009)
  • Slushy Code Freeze date: 2009-02-12 (Feb 12 2009)
  • Firm String / Code freeze date: 2009-02-17 (Feb 17 2009)
  • l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 freeze date: 2009-02-19 (Feb 19 2009)
  • Target Build Ship date: 2009-02-24 (Feb 24 2009)
As I said before, we've tried to emulate what the Firefox devs did for their beta2 release, as we got the impression that this worked pretty well.

The idea is to have all string-related work done by the slushy string freeze date and all other code-related work plus the late-string work by the slushy code freeze date. Late string changes will require an additional approval by our TB3 beta2 release driver Bryan Clark (clarkbw on IRC).

The firm freeze date would be for fixing remaining bugs and regressions found in the nightlies and the l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 date would be the last time by which we would accept changes in localizations.

Thunderbird drivers have also evaluated the current state of things and have decided to add another beta release (beta3) to the release schedule. A firm decision on a release date has not yet been made, but it is probably safe to say, that beta3 will be released somewhere between the end of March and the end of April.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to respond here.

January 22, 2009

[Update] Release schedule for Thunderbird 3 beta2

I've gotten some feedback, that many European localizers will be at the FOSDEM 2009 conference during the proposed beta2 release crunch time. We've also looked at the list of the remaining blocker bugs for the Thunderbird 3 release.

And after careful consideration it has been decided, to postpone the release schedule for TB3 beta2 by a week or two. I can't give you exact dates right now, but hopefully I can give you those dates until the end of the week.

January 19, 2009

Release schedule for Thunderbird 3 beta2 ... and other stuff

Happy new year to everyone!

I know that I've been awfully quiet on the state of things in the Thunderbird world. I'm sorry for that. I was trying to nail down some stuff (release scheduling, website l10n story of which I will talk more in a later post), which took longer than anticipated.

I want to inform you about our release schedule for the upcoming Thunderbird releases.
  • First of all the dates for the upcoming Thunderbird beta2 release:

    • Slushy string freeze: January 29th (Thursday)
    • Slushy code freeze: February 3rd (Tuesday)
    • Firm code/string freeze: February 5th (Thursday)
    • l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 freeze: February 8th (Sunday)
    • Gozer (our build engineer) starts the builds: February 9th (Monday)

    We've tried to emulate what the Firefox devs did for their beta2 release, as we got the impression that this worked pretty well.

    The idea is to have all string-related work done by the slushy string freeze date and all other code-related work plus the late-string work by the slushy code freeze date. Late string changes will require an additional approval by our TB3 beta2 release driver Bryan Clark (clarkbw on IRC).

    The firm freeze date would be for fixing remaining bugs and regressions found in the nightlies and the l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 date would be the last time by which we would accept changes in localizations.

  • We know that this is a tough schedule and that this announcement comes pretty late. Therefore if significant objections are raised by you, we will reconsider this schedule and will discuss, whether this warrants a pushback of this schedule by one week.

  • Thunderbird drivers have also evaluated the current state of things
    and have decided to add another beta release (beta3) to the release schedule. A firm decision on a release date has not yet been made, but it is probably safe to say, that beta3 will be released somewhere between the end of March and the end of April.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to respond here.

January 16, 2009

I've been tagged as well aka the "seven things"-disaster continues

I had really hoped to escape the "seven things"-madness, but KaiRo aka Robert Kaiser thought otherwise and tagged me unmercifully. That means that I need to share seven things you may (not) know about me. You have been warned...

The rules:
  1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged

The seven things you may (or may not) know about me:
  1. My first computer was the legendary C64 (Commodore 64), which I got somewhere back in 1986 if I recall correctly. Damn, I'm getting old!
  2. The longest period of uninterrupted game-playing I've ever had was 18 hours, playing Pirates! on that same C64.
  3. I'm a die-hard fan of the Science-Fiction classic series Babylon 5, which I still regard as one of the best pieces of television ever.
  4. Right now, I'm very much into the new Battlestar Galactica series, whose 2nd part of its 4th and final season will start today. Yay!
  5. I've been an avid fan of J.R.R Tolkien's epic work "The Lord of the Rings", which I read for the first time at the age of 15 (15 years ago) and have read again each year since then.
  6. I've wondered for a long time, why it is that mainly German, Polish and French people drive the Mozilla localization efforts, but haven't come to a conclusion yet.
  7. My first contact with Mozilla was back in 2000, when I tried a beta release of the infamous Netscape 6 release. It's really a small wonder that I decided to stay in the community after working with that piece of garbage :-)

The poor souls that I'm tagging and need to continue this meme: