avril 2009 Archives
Since last Friday, auto-configuration as been enabled in Thunderbird nightlies. This means that configuring an email account will just be - in most cases - your email , your password and your name and Thunderbird is going to "guess" the settings. Sometimes guessing works - sometimes it does not. When it does not we get the information from a list that we maintain. Unfortunately we can't have account for all Internet service providers all over the world - this is why I'm writing all this, you can help us by making the list bigger, adding your ISP will help (especially with security settings for authentication.) Instructions and list are editable.
C'est l'histoire de quatre individus : Chacun, Quelqu'un, Quiconque et Personne.
Un travail important devait être fait, et on avait demandé à Chacun de s'en occuper.
- Chacun était assuré que Quelqu'un allait le faire, Quiconque aurait pu s'en occuper, mais Personne ne l'a fait.
- Quelqu'un s'est emporté parce qu'il considérait que ce travail était la responsabilité de Chacun.
- Chacun croyait que Quiconque pouvait le faire, mais Personne ne s'était rendu compte que Chacun ne le ferait pas.
A la fin, Chacun blâmait Quelqu'un, du fait que Personne n'avait fait
ce que Quiconque aurait dû faire.
So the release date for Thunderbird 3.0b3 the last beta of Thunderbird 3.0 is approaching. This means that features are landing, and that we need to make sure that everything works correctly. To do so two things need to happen, first the new features needs to be tested on a broader scale than the development team can do (more hardware combination, servers combination, more extensions etc ... ) and at the same time nothing else should regress.
To achieve the first task - we have organized a Testday. It's a day where we invite everybody to test the new features recently added to Thunderbird. Why do we do it on a specific day ? It's easy to gather people on one day. It's easier to give people interested in joining the test effort information on what's new, how to test the new features and describe them. It's also a great way to have different people testing the same part to talk to one another. We traditionally do that on irc on #bugday. I think the communication while testing is important for at least two things - it helps you get the help of other people if you are having some issues while testing. It might help you file your first bug - if you are unsure of things just ask some people will be glad to help. As a way to communicate more efficiently, mozillamessaging as setup a web base chat, if you don't want to use irc just point you browser to chat.mozillamessaging.com and talk to us there.
Thursday April the 23rd 2009 is the day where the new features are going to be tested. Information on what will be theres to be tested is visible here.
To make sure that Thunderbird 3.0b3 will be of the highest quality available we will also run a series of tests, that have been run for alpha1 and for beta2. We don't organize an event for that - because it takes much more time to do regression testing than testing the new features. To participate to this testing you will need an account on litmus, some time, and a build dated from the 28th of April 2009. To test you need to point your browser here, and decide which of the tests you want to run, read the instructions to run the test and report the results from your run. If the test is not clear - say so , so we can try to make the test clearer. If the test does not pass, meaning you have found a bug, please make sure to create a bug in bugzilla. Not creating the issue in bugzilla means that the testing you have done is going to be lost .
Thanks in advance for the time you are going to spend to make Thunderbird a great quality product.
The Thunderbird quality assurance team is most of the time available on irc, so if you have question just come and ask. As stated above the web based chat is an experiment.
So I'm building a CD collection of CDs from Greenland - because I got caught in a concert last year while I was visiting. On most of the CD covers you'll be able to find Tal/Erin or a variation of this. I've guessed that Tall was lyrics but to be sure I asked the owner of Atlantic music and the answer is :
- Taalliortoq (Taall.) means the person who's written the lyrics.
- Erinniortoq (Erinn.) means the person who's written the music.
Linux users use their distro's provided packages to install mozilla related software. These unfortunately do not send stack traces back when the program crashes. OpenSuse, Fedora and Ubuntu provide instructions on how to provide stack traces. How about gentoo or whatever linux distribution you are using ? I'm trying to collect such instructions if they exist for other distribution and have started at discussion at : http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla.dev.apps.thunderbird/browse_thread/thread/0ec23dd5960f31a9. If you use one of the distribution not listed I would love to have instructions on getting stack traces for that distribution.
Tweaks offered (description is available at http://mailtweak.mozdev.org/tweaks.html) * Account Settings cleanup * * Address lines * Background color inheritance * Bcc by default * Collected reply * Column heading lock * Compact from folder properties * * Configuration menu * * CSS selector * Dialogs menu * Discard new message * Disconnect when idle
* Extension options/preferences
* Focus empty Subject *
* Folder icons
* Folder menus
* Folder pane auto-hide
* Hide Local Folders
* Image defaults
* Insert menu
* Keep a copy prompt
* Message font
* Mesage number
* Open folder
* Permanent pen
* Personalize messages
* Preferences cache
* Search windows
* Send with no subject
* Splitter highlight *
* Status icons *
* Status message cache *
* Tag numbering *
* Tag tools
* Tree font
* Word count *
Instructions on how to enable logging in NSS.
As some of you might have noticed last week, the Quality Team (Wayne, Gary, Joshua, Wada, Magnus, Phil, Hansen, and a few others (and I'm sorry that I forgot your names)) of Mozilla Thunderbird is celebrating one year of bugdays. Last year as been amazing as the bug database for Thunderbird as been cleaned up a lot (that database is accessible to anyone at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org).
In order to celebrate we've setup a nice deal for you, if you comment on two bugs , or change status on two bugs - The idea is to revive bugs that have not been active for some time now. Once you've done that come to the #tb-qa irc channel on irc.mozilla.org, and give us the bug number you would like us to have a better look at, and we will make our best the bug gets in the state were it can get fixed by the developers. We are providing list of bugs and hints on how to join and do it at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:QA_TestDay:2009-04-02