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.

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