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Weekly Status Report, W26/2009

Here's a summary of SeaMonkey/Mozilla-related work I've done in week 26/2009 (June 22 - 28, 2009):

I have a very strong opinion about how successful our planning of SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 1 in sync with Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 3 went - and believe me, there's nothing positive on it. Since we defined a freeze for our first alpha, we have learned that only a definitely scheduled freeze date will bring people to pick up speed and concentrate on the really needed stuff for that release. Sure, there's a lot of stuff to do in general, but usually only a few items that really need to go into a release. Most people fail to deliver on those things unless there are deadlines for making it happen. Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 3 is a glaring failure in that kind of scheduling, and with making SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 1 dependent on that milestone, we ended up with a miserable performance on scheduling and delivering ourselves. If we had know how long that short delay would take, we might have done an Alpha 4 just before the download manager landing and still would be ready to wrap up the beta right now.
In any case, I'll propose uncoupling this beta from the Thunderbird cycle, set L10n and code freezes to happen soon and deliver SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 1 within the next few (meaning really few) weeks, independently if Thunderbird ships a Beta in the fifth month after their most recent one or not.
We'll set freeze dates at this week's SeaMonkey Status Meeting and follow up with posts on the relevant groups and lists.

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on June 29th, 2009 17:35 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack

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