August 18, 2009

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.

2 comments:

cris said...

wrong url in page:
Link for tb4 developer page should be https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/Thunderbird_3.0b4 and NOT https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Thunderbird_3.0b4.

Simon said...

You're right. Thanks for catching this. I just fixed it.