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.

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