October 29, 2009

Thunderbird 3 status update - 2nd update

Good news - L10n nightly updates:
We now have l10n updates available on the 1.9.1 branch (builds that will become Thunderbird 3) as well as on trunk. Please tell your users, who regularly test Thunderbird about this.

Release schedule:
The TB developers are still aiming for an RC1 code freeze on October 30, an RC1 l10n freeze on November 2 and the RC1 release on November 3.

However, at the time of writing there are still 35 blocker bugs open for TB3, which might not all make it in time. If that happens and the schedule slips a bit, I'll let you know immediately and you may get more time for tanslations and QA.

We also do not know yet, whether we need an RC2 or not. If it turns out that we do, I'll let you know and we will take additional opt-ins for that as well.

Updated opt-ins:
With all the QA that you are currently doing on your localized TB3 builds, please do not forget to update your opt-in changeset when you push changes to your 1.9.1 hg repo.

Dashboard update:
At the time of writing we still have 41 green locales (counting the two Japanese locales as one locale) on the dashboard.

From the remaining locales with less than 500 missing strings I've gotten assurances that they will update their locales soon. So we will shoot for 49 locales (incl. en-US) for the TB3 final release.

Opt-in update:
We still have only 26 locales, who have opted-in so far with only five days to go until the l10n freeze/cutoff date. So if you think you are ready, then please update your opt-in changeset or opt-in for Thunderbird 3.

Here are the locales that have opted-in so far:


October 13, 2009

Thunderbird 3 status update

The Thunderbird developers have decided to aim for Tuesday, November 3 2009 as the release date of the first release candidate (RC1) of Thunderbird 3.0.

We are planning to accept localizations up until the Monday pacific time before that day. (November 2 23:59 PST). So please opt-in for the Thunderbird 3.0 final release until then. You can opt-in in the corresponding opt-in thread in the mozilla.dev.l10n newsgroup. If we decide to do further release candidates, we'll also accept more localization fixes from localizers.

We're not really there yet with our final story on the web l10n front, as I told some of you on the last weekend in Prague, but our marketing person, Rafael Rebron, and Pascal Chevrel are working hard on that and will update you on this matter in the next few days.

As of now, on the code side, things are already looking great with 38 locales already being green on the dashboard and more hopefully still to come.

October 3, 2009

Thunderbird L10n at Mozilla Camp Europe 2009

I'm in Prague right now at Mozilla Camp Europe 2009, where the whole European Mozilla community has gathered. I'm looking forward to meet most of our European localizers and drink some beers with them :)

I'll also be part of the Thunderbird talk that Ludovic Hirlimann is doing tomorrow about Thunderbird 3.

On a whole different topic: 17 locales have already translated all their strings for Thunderbird 3. More will hopefully follow soon. Very exciting!