August 18, 2009

String freeze announcement for Thunderbird 3 final

The Thunderbird developers have also discussed the timing of the overall string freeze for the final Thunderbird 3 release. Our proposal is to freeze all strings for Thunderbird 3 on September 29 2009, giving localizers a minimum of 4 weeks time before the first release candidate (RC1).

Please note that this date is preliminary at this point and will be reviewed as we approach the beta4 release date. We could move it forward if we are happy with the strings at b4 or we could move it back a bit if really needed.

However, the 4 weeks timeframe to get your localization in shape will remain in place. So if we decide to move the string freeze date forward or backward, localizers will always have at least four weeks to work on their localization for Thunderbird 3 without any string changes.

Thunderbird 3 beta4 release schedule for localizers

The Thunderbird developers have finalized the release schedule for Thunderbird beta4. Here it is (All dates use time of 23:59 PST - l10n-relevant dates are bold):
  • Slushy Code Freeze date: 2009-09-07 (Monday)
  • Firm String freeze date: 2009-09-09 (Wednesday)
  • Firm Code Freeze date: 2009-09-11 (Friday)
  • l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 freeze date: 2009-09-14 (Monday)
  • Release builds start: 2009-09-15 (Tuesday)
  • Estimated release date: 2009-09-22 (Tuesday)
These dates have the following goals:
  • All code-related work should ideally be done by the slushy code freeze date
  • The firm freeze date will be for fixing the remaining blocker bugs and bugs that have release driver approval (beta4 release driver is Mark Banner, Standard8 on IRC)
  • The l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 date would be the last time by which we would accept changes in localizations
The most obvious change for localizers (compared to the previous beta releases) is that we removed the slushy string freeze. We felt that the slushy string freeze caused more confusion than was necessary. As a trade-off we have added additional time between the firm string freeze and the l10n-cutoff date, to make it easier for localizers to get their locales in shape.

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

August 11, 2009

L10n-merge now active for Thunderbird nightly builds

Good news!
We finally got around to fix bug 470673. Now that this is fixed, you should get regular nightly builds for your locale, even when the localization is not fully complete at the moment. A big thank you to Pike, Standard8 and Gozer.

August 5, 2009

Autoconfiguration strings have landed

Those of you watching the new thunderbird@localization.bugs account already know this, but those that have missed this are advised, that a large number of strings (a little more than a hundred) for the new account autoconfiguration feature landed yesterday. More information can be found in the corresponding bug report (bug 490097).

There may be some further changes to these strings as we re-layout the autoconfig dialog, though those changes are expected to be minimal. These strings will be part of Thunderbird 3 beta4. I'll have more on the timeline of that release in a few days.