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Weekly Status Report, W46/2011

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in weeks 46/2011 (November 14 - 20, 2011):

The story about the Firefox 8.0.1 update that we are sending to Mac users and users of Firefox 4-7 now was one that heavily involved our CrashKill team as it's all based on basically 3 crash problems, 2 of which we could fix on our side (working around an Apple Java problem and blocking old and crashy Roboform versions - we couldn't [yet] fix Windows System Restore to be reliable for Firefox). Therefore, we have been looking into those issues heavily and had tons of email and bug traffic on them with QA and release managers as well as affected developers in the last two weeks. We came away with a number of lessons and the notion that we need to do a lot more about crashes being caused by third-party software, as all of those problems were not actually in our own code. Also, roughly half of all our Firefox crashes right now happen because of third-party software, and we can't let the situation continue that those issues make us look bad. Of course, we value the extensibility that people can combine their offers with ours, but we need to react and pressure them to do updates when their stuff crashes, or else block their software loading in our products and crashing them, as that makes life bad for users.
On a positive note, though, it looks like we fixed something in late October on Nightly that caused Flash hangs and crashes, and right now both Aurora and Nightly show significantly fewer of those issues - will be interesting to see if that holds up when Firefox 10 goes to beta and later release. :)

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on November 22nd, 2011 22:10 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | 1 comment | TrackBack



Tony Mechelynck

from Brussels, Belgium

Hurrah for Edmund!

Also for KaiRo's themes and the example they set: they aren't exactly the only heavyweight themes supporting SeaMonkey 2.8a1 but the others are few and far between.

I'm using the latest bleeding-edge version of EarlyBlue, keeping it updated from the git server, plus a Persona, and IMHO the result is worth the trouble: it wasn't easy.
2011-11-23 21:59

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