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Robert Kaiser: Mirror, Mirror: Trek Convention and FLOSS Conferences

fr, 22/08/2014 - 17:09
It's been a while since I did any blogging, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything - on the contrary, I have been too busy to blog, basically. We had a few Firefox releases where I scrambled until the last day of the beta phase to make sure we keep our crash rates as low as our users probably expect by now, I did some prototyping work on QA dashboards (with already-helpful results and more to come) and helped in other process improvements on the Firefox Quality team, worked with different teams to improve stability of our blocklist ping "ADI" data, and finally even was at a QA work week and a vacation in the US. So plenty of stuff done, and I hope to get to blog about at least some pieces of that in the next weeks and months.

That said, one major part of my recent vacation was the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention, which I attended the second time after last year. Since back then, I wanted to blog about some interesting parallels I found between that event (I can't compare to other conventions, as I've never been to any of those) and some Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) conferences I've been to, most notably FOSDEM, but also the larger Mozilla events.
Of course, there's the big events in the big rooms and the official schedule - on the conferences it's the keynotes and presentations of developers about what's new in their software, what they learned or where we should go, on the convention it's actors and other guests talking about their experiences, what's new in their lives, and entertaining the crowd - both with questions from the audience. Of course, the topics are wildly different. And there's booths at both, also quite a bit different, as it's autograph and sales booths on one side, and mainly info booths on the other, though there are geeky T-shirts sold at both types of events. ;-)

The largest parallels I found, though, are about the mass of people that are there:
For one thing, the "hallway track" of talking to and meeting other attendees is definitely a main attraction and big piece of the life of the events on both "sides" there. Old friendships are being revived, new found, and the somewhat geeky commonalities are being celebrated and lead to tons of fun and involved conversations - not just the old fun bickering between vi and emacs or Kirk and Picard fans (or different desktop environments / different series and movies). :)
For the other, I learned that both types of events are in the end more about the "regular" attendees than the speakers, even if the latter end up being featured at both. Especially the recurring attendees go there because they want to meet and interact with all the other people going there, with the official schedule being the icing on the cake, really. Not that it would be unimportant or unneeded, but it's not as much the main attraction as people on the outside, and possibly even the organizers, might think. Also, going there means you do for a few days not have to hide your "geekiness" from your surroundings and can actively show and celebrate it. There's also some amount of a "do good" atmosphere in both those communities.
And both events, esp. the Trek and Mozilla ones, tend to have a very inclusive atmosphere of embracing everyone else, no matter what their physical appearance, gender or other social components. And actually, given how deeply that inclusive spirit has been anchored into the Star Trek productions by Gene Roddenberry himself, this might even run deeper in the fans there than it is in the FLOSS world. Notably, I saw a much larger amount of women and of colored people on the Star Trek Conventions than I see on FLOSS conferences - my guess is that at least a third of the Trek fans in Las Vegas were female, for example. I guess we need some more role models in they style of Nichelle Nichols and others in the FLOSS scene.

All in all, there's a lot of similarities and still quite some differences, but quite a twist on an alternate universe like it's depicted in Mirror, Mirror and other episodes - here it's a different crowd with a similar spirit and not the same people with different mindsets and behaviors.
As a very social person, I love attending and immersing myself in both types of events, and I somewhat wonder if and how we should have some more cross-pollination between those communities.
I for sure will be seen on more FLOSS and Mozilla events as well as more Star Trek conventions! :)
Categorieën: Mozilla-nl planet

Rumbling Edge - Thunderbird: 2014-08-18 Calendar builds

ti, 19/08/2014 - 07:14

Common (excluding Website bugs)-specific: (17)

  • Fixed: 344561 – Day/Week view: Header boxes are misaligned if scrollbars are shown
  • Fixed: 680203 – Make Lightning tests work with packaged-tests
  • Fixed: 682109 – Today pane: Today’s date not automatically updated
  • Fixed: 998281 – Default status new event is available, should be busy
  • Fixed: 1000535 – Lightning frequently prompts for access to Google Calendar
  • Fixed: 1002024 – Sending separate invitations to attendees onlys send email for first invited person
  • Fixed: 1007040 – Autocomplete for event invitations: Use uppercase and lowercase of name like in addressbook card
  • Fixed: 1018120 – GMT Timezone with timezone information is assumed to be UTC / events move forward by 1 hour
  • Fixed: 1022113 – Today-pane: too many calls to the function “setCurrentEvent” when updating the attribute “current”
  • Fixed: 1022129 – In the calendar views the day marked as Today doesn’t update at midnight
  • Fixed: 1026623 – Set em:strictCompatibility to ensure the right Lightning version is used.
  • Fixed: 1031715 – Converting email to event shouldn’t fail when Thunderbird Conversations is installed
  • Fixed: 1041566 – Lightning 3.5 broken with 2014-07-21 update
  • Fixed: 1042125 – Make the CalDAV provider async safe
  • Fixed: 1042741 – No buttons on invitations or response to invitations [incompatibility between Thunderbird Conversations and Lightning]
  • Fixed: 1042849 – Remove Serbian [sr] from /calendar/locales/shipped-locales
  • Fixed: 1049201 – Nighly builds broken due to incorrect manifest paths

Sunbird will no longer be actively developed by the Calendar team.

Windows builds Official Windows

Linux builds Official Linux (i686), Official Linux (x86_64)

Mac builds No binaries since July 23, 2014.

Categorieën: Mozilla-nl planet

Rumbling Edge - Thunderbird: 2014-08-18 Thunderbird comm-central builds

ti, 19/08/2014 - 07:11

Thunderbird-specific: (30)

  • Fixed: 273884 – Enclosing double quotes are shown in recipient column, messes up sorting of name/address
  • Fixed: 934875 – Thunderbird: No status bar accessible
  • Fixed: 964377 – Intermittent test-attachment-reminder.js | test-attachment-reminder.js::test_manual_automatic_attachment_reminder_interaction
  • Fixed: 967583 – Tooltip for ‘Get Mail for’ button says ‘nobody’ for Local Folders, Feed and News accounts, sometimes ends with comma
  • Fixed: 985641 – random orange: test-session-store.js | test-session-store.js::test_restore_single_3pane_persistence + test-session-store.js::test_restore_single_3pane_persistence_again + test-session-store.js::test_message_pane_height_persistence + test-session-store.j
  • Fixed: 1009469 – For recipient autocomplete matches other than {Name beginsWith}, [tab] no longer confirms suggested recipient (“foo >> somefoo <mail@asdf.com>” is retained as recipient). Suggestion becomes stale/unresponsive when TB loses focus.
  • Fixed: 1018241 – Customize option in Search Messages continues to be wonky
  • Fixed: 1018960 – Severe bug with empty junk can cause deletion of inbox (If selected folder at Folder Pane is changed while folder context menu of Junk is shown, “Empty Junk” clears wrong folder)
  • Fixed: 1020339 – Add UI for disabling and clearing Visited Link/Browsing History
  • Fixed: 1021684 – Update box.com Filelink implementation to new APIs
  • Fixed: 1024017 – Add ability to choose info shown in the desktop chat notifications
  • Fixed: 1024130 – Address book sorting not sticky
  • Fixed: 1024600 – Enable test-attachment-reminder.js mozmill tests on Windows again
  • Fixed: 1026608 – Delete button on main toolbar doesn’t always change to “Undelete” when toggled from keyboard or header pane
  • Fixed: 1034732 – comm-central build for win64 is not updated after 2014-06-13
  • Fixed: 1034818 – No gap between on toolbarbuttons icon and text in Icons beside Text mode
  • Fixed: 1035650 – Remove public destructors of NS_*_INLINE_* refcounted classes, Remove NS_HIDDEN, Fix dangerous public destructors. in mail/ and mailnews/
  • Fixed: 1037751 – Use white graphics for the phishing icon
  • Fixed: 1037795 – Port Bug 1034360 to TB – remove OCSP preference UI (or at least remove the unnecessary dialog window)
  • Fixed: 1038029 – Undefined symbols during |making ./libprldap60.dylib|
  • Fixed: 1038323 – Clear Recent History menuitem doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut
  • Fixed: 1038588 – DebuggerServer’s closeListener has been changed to closeAllListeners()
  • Fixed: 1038647 – perma orange: TEST-UNEXPECTED-FAIL | mozmill/utils/test-iteratorUtils.js | test-iteratorUtils.js::test_toArray_custom_content_iterator
  • Fixed: 1038745 – No builds for latest nightly localization of Thunderbird for win32
  • Fixed: 1038909 – Disable what’s new page for now
  • Fixed: 1039798 – perma-orange: test-message-header.js::test_address_book_switch_disabled_on_contact_in_mailing_list
  • Fixed: 1040831 – Daily 33.0a1 gives “Couldn’t load XPCOM” error and startup fails since updating this morning
  • Fixed: 1041475 – TEST-UNEXPECTED-FAIL | mozmill/content-tabs/test-install-xpi.js | test-install-xpi.js::test_install_corrupt_xpi + test-install-xpi.js::test_install_xpi_offer + test-install-xpi.js::test_xpinstall_disabled + test-install-xpi.js::test_xpinstall_actually_i
  • Fixed: 1045026 – Cannot use “thunderbird” as PROGRAM name, because it is already used in mail/components/search/mdimporter
  • Fixed: 1050363 – Thunderbird fails to compile nsldif32v60.dll: LINK : fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file ‘mozcrt.lib’

MailNews Core-specific: (34)

  • Fixed: 367011 – “Remove All Tags” does not do so for custom tags
  • Fixed: 553757 – SMTP server pref dialog: “Password, transmitted insecurely” doesn’t fit after switching from SSL to non-SSL
  • Fixed: 662907 – web site from RSS feed not rendered correctly (due to noscript tags)
  • Fixed: 960854 – Port |Bug 920353 – pymake native commands can’t easily use e.g. mozbuild modules| to c-c
  • Fixed: 966053 – Recipient area mishandles display names with commas in them (e.g. “LastName, FirstName”), during autocomplete creates dysfunctional extra “LastName” recipients without email address
  • Fixed: 992879 – Folders created with a colon (:) or star (*) in Tb24 on linux are duplicated with hash names on startup with Tb trunk or earlier, such local folders/feeds do no longer work
  • Fixed: 1013123 – Increase width of ‘Enter a tag prefix’ textbox for prefix of autotagged category names of feed articles
  • Fixed: 1015774 – errUtils.js::logException shows the same exception to Error console twice
  • Fixed: 1024053 – Modify test_quarantineFilterMove.js to use Promises
  • Fixed: 1024908 – If the focus is returned to filter action list and the previously focused item is no longer there, an exception is shown
  • Fixed: 1025548 – Preliminary perf/code org tweaks for Bug 257037
  • Fixed: 1033963 – Add mailnews.message_warning_size to prefs.
  • Fixed: 1034231 – Modify test_offlineCopy.js to use Promises.
  • Fixed: 1036619 – Implement 1035394 – Add dangerous public destructor detection to _INHERITED refcounting macros in comm-central
  • Fixed: 1037479 – Move LOCAL_INCLUDES to moz.build in c-c
  • Fixed: 1037482 – Move TESTING_JS_MODULES to moz.build in c-c
  • Fixed: 1037775 – Port |bug 1036864 – Remove EXPORT_LIBRARY| to MailNews
  • Fixed: 1037947 – Fix test_movemailDownload.js to work with maildir
  • Fixed: 1042294 – crash NS_ProxyRelease(nsIEventTarget*, nsISupports*, bool), typically during import
  • Fixed: 1043019 – Port |Bug 1036894 – Move in-tree library linkage information to moz.build| and |Bug 1041936 – Allow static library definitions to depend on shared libraries| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1043040 – Port |Bug 1036694 – merge nsIMarkupDocumentViewer into nsIContentViewer| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1044460 – Port relevant changes from Bug 1043344 for moving libraries and programs build to the compile tier
  • Fixed: 1044999 – No L10n builds for Thunderbird for aurora/central due to client.py not allowing –skip-venkman
  • Fixed: 1046638 – Port |Bug 1044162 – make install locations for EXTRA_{PP_,}JS_MODULES better| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1046826 – Use m-c’s config/makefiles/debugmake.mk in c-c’s rules.mk
  • Fixed: 1048042 – Port |Bug 780159 – Remove obsolete REGCHROME| and |Bug 935387 – Remove non recursed install targets| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1048561 – Fix up after landing of Bug 1043041 – Replace use of NSPR’s PRTime with a safer type in mozilla::pkix
  • Fixed: 1049935 – Port |Bug 1045783 – move OS_LIBS += $(call EXPAND_LIBNAME,…) calls to moz.build| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1049936 – Port |Bug 1046784 – move -DNOMINMAX definitions to moz.build| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1050086 – C-c needs a “port” of bug 1047267
  • Fixed: 1050708 – buildid no longer being set on Thunderbird comm-central builds (make upload and graph server posts fail)
  • Fixed: 1051619 – Port |Bug 914274 – Remove MODULE_NAME| to comm-central
  • Fixed: 1052602 – Fix various xpcshell issues in gloda land and others
  • Fixed: 1052985 – Fix windows manifest build issues

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer

Linux builds Official Linux (i686), Official Linux (x86_64)

Mac builds No binaries since July 23, 2014.

Categorieën: Mozilla-nl planet