July 10, 2009

New Thunderbird 3 beta3 release schedule for localizers

The Thunderbird developers have finally finalized the release schedule for Thunderbird beta3. Here it is (All dates use time of 23:59 PST - l10n-relevant dates are bold):
  • Slushy String freeze date: 2009-07-02 (Thursday)
  • Slushy Code Freeze date: 2009-07-07 (Tuesday)
  • Firm String / Code freeze date: 2009-07-14 (Tuesday)
  • l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 freeze date: 2009-07-16 (Thursday)
  • Target Build Ship date: 2009-07-21 (Tuesday)
I apologize for this late announcement (the first two dates have already passed by), but I was away on vacation last week and started this week in a new job, so I'm quite busy at the moment. Thankfully Mark Banner already posted this announcement in the mozilla.dev.l10n newsgroup back on July 1st. So hopefully most of you already knew about this. I hope you can still manage to bring your locale in shape.

As with our beta2 release, these dates have the following goals:
  • All string-related work should done by the slushy string freeze date
  • All other code-related work plus the late-string work should ideally be done by the slushy code freeze date
  • The firm freeze date will be for fixing remaining bugs and regressions found in the nightlies
  • The l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 date would be the last time by which we would accept changes in localizations
  • Late string changes will require an additional approval by the beta3 release driver Dan Mosedale (dmose on IRC)

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

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