September 30, 2009

Thunderbird strings are now frozen for Thunderbird 3.0

I just wanted to remind everyone that as of last night, Tuesday, September 29 at 23:59 PST, we're are now string frozen for the final release of Thunderbird 3.0.

Since the beta4 release one week ago, we have added 178 and removed 63 strings. More detailed information for each locale can be found on the localization dashboard for Thunderbird 3.0.

We currently do not expect to have more string updates/additions/removals, but if those arise the rules described on the Thunderbird l10n guide are binding for each developer.

We do not have a firm release date set for our first release candidate, but localizers should expect a minimum of 4 weeks time before the first release candidate will be made public. I will open up an opt-in thread in the newsgroup soon.

September 24, 2009

String freeze date for Thunderbird 3.0 confirmed

As I already outlined five weeks ago the string freeze date for the final release of Thunderbird 3.0 has been finalized. We will freeze all strings on September 29 2009 at 23:59 PST.

No firm dates for the release of the first release candidate (RC1) of Thunderbird 3.0 have been finalized, but localizers can expect a minimum of 4 weeks time before the first release candidate will be made public.

September 23, 2009

Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 is now available in 43 languages

Mozilla Messaging announced yesterday that the final beta release for Thunderbird 3, Thunderbird 3.0 beta 4, is now available for download. This release contains quite a lot of changes compared to the previous beta 3 release.

New Search with Advanced Filtering Tools

Search results now include advanced filtering tools. You have the option to filter your results by sender, tag, attachments, people, folder, and mailing list. You can also filter your email using the timeline tool.

New Search with Advanced Filtering

New Global Search field and Redesigned Mail Toolbar

The Mail Toolbar is redesigned to include the new Global Search bar. Buttons such as reply, forward, delete, junk are part of each email message. When typing in the Global Search field, Thunderbird autocompletes against your address book. You have the option of searching everywhere or filtering within folders against different parts of the email such as by subject or by sender.

Mail Toolbar and Message Header

New Mail Account Setup Wizard

The new Mail Account Setup Wizard matches against a database of email settings from popular mail providers so that you will only need to provide your name, email, and password to set up new mail accounts.

New Account Wizard

Smart Folders

The folder pane offers a Smart Folders mode which combines special mailboxes (e.g. Inbox) from multiple accounts together. Smart Folders is now on by default.

From an l10n perspective, it would be great if everyone could thoroughly test these new features in their localized release. Like in the two previous beta releases, Thunderbird 3.0 beta 4 is available in 43 languages.

September 14, 2009

17 hours to go for Thunderbird 3.0 beta 4 localizations...

Our current status is that 28 locales have opted in so far with a little bit less than 17 hours to go until we start to produce our first localized candidate builds. At the moment eight locales have not opted in yet even though they are green on the dashboard.

Hopefully these locales will still opt-in and more will join the ride. If that does not happen I will take all locales, which are green or orange on the dashboard and the l10n tinderboxen into this release to give localizers maximum test exposure before the final release, unless I'm explicitly forbidden to do so by a localizer for his locale.

One more note:
Even though we will actually freeze all localizations at 23:59 PST tonight, our build engineer will only start the builds when he gets to work tomorrow morning pacific time. So if you really can't make it within the next 17 hours, but are able to complete your localization shortly thereafter I will still accept your changes for a few hours after the communicated deadline.

September 10, 2009

Thunderbird strings are now frozen for Thunderbird 3 beta 4

I just wanted to remind everyone that as of last night, Wednesday, September 9 at 23:59 PST, the firm string freeze went into effect. That means that all strings are now entirely frozen until we release Thunderbird 3 beta4.

We are planning to accept localizations up until Monday night next week pacific time (September 14 23:59 PST). So please opt-in for the beta 4 release until then. You can opt-in in the corresponding opt-in thread in the newsgroup.