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Support.Mozilla.Org: What’s Up with SUMO – 19th May

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 23:59

Hello, SUMO Nation!

Glad to see all of you on this side of spring… How are you doing? Have you missed us as much as we missed you? Here we go yet again,  another small collection of updates for your reading pleasure :-)

Welcome, new contributors! If you just joined us, don’t hesitate – come over and say “hi” in the forums! Contributors of the week

We salute you!

Don’t forget that if you are new to SUMO and someone helped you get started in a nice way you can nominate them for the Buddy of the Month! Most recent SUMO Community meeting The next SUMO Community meeting
  • …is happening on WEDNESDAY the 25th of May – join us!
  • Reminder: if you want to add a discussion topic to the upcoming meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Wednesday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).
    • If you can, please attend the meeting in person (or via IRC), so we can follow up on your discussion topic during the meeting with your feedback.
Community Social Support Forum Knowledge Base & L10n
  • The Polish team have reached their monthly milestone – congratulations!
  • Final reminder: if you want to participate in the ongoing discussion about source material quality and frequency, take a look at this thread. We are going to propose a potential way of addressing your issues once we collate enough feedback.
  • Reminder: L10n hackathons everywhere! Find your people and get organized!
Firefox
  • for Android
    • Version 46 support discussion thread.
    • Reminder: version 47 will stop supporting Gingerbread. High time to update your Android installations!
      • Other than that, it should be a minor release. Documentation in progress!

And that’s it! We hope you are looking forward to the end of this week and the beginning of the next one… We surely are! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Mozilla awards grants to Chattanooga organizations - Nooga.com

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Federal judge rejects Mozilla's demand to see bug in Tor browser - Computerworld

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Federal judge rejects Mozilla's demand to see bug in Tor browser
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Yunier José Sosa Vázquez: Mozilla presenta a Alex Salkever como Vice Presidente de Marketing

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 20:16

En el día de hoy, Mozilla ha hecho público su más reciente adición del equipo de liderazgo en la fundación. Se trata de Alex Salkever, quién ejercerá como nuevo Vice Presidente de Marketing.

En el artículo publicado en el blog de Mozilla, Jascha Kaykas-Wolff (Director de Marketing) comenta que en su nuevo rol, Alex tendrá bajo su mando la conducción de las campañas estrategias de posicionamiento y marketing. Unido a ello, también se encargará de supervisar las comunicaciones globales, los medios de comunicación social, la asistencia de los usuarios y los equipos de marketing de contenido y de trabajo en toda la organización para desarrollar comunicaciones externas impactantes para los productos de Mozilla y Firefox.

Alex Salkever, foto tomada de blog.mozilla.org

Alex Salkever, foto tomada de blog.mozilla.org

Anteriormente, Alex fue Director de Marketing de Silk.co, donde centró sus esfuerzos al crecimiento de usuarios y las asociaciones de la plataforma. Además, Salkever ha ocupado una variedad de cargos relacionados con el mundo del marketing de productos en los campos de instrumentos científicos, computación en la nube, telecomunicaciones e Internet de las Cosas. En estas diversas capacidades, Alex ha gestionado campañas a través de todos los aspectos de marketing y comercialización de productos que incluyen relaciones públicas, marketing de contenidos, adquisición de usuarios, contratación de desarrolladores y análisis de marketing.

Alex también brindará a Mozilla su experiencia como ex editor de tecnología en BusinessWeek.com. Entre sus muchos logros, Alex es el co-autor del libro “The Immigrant Exodus” (en español El Éxodo del Inmigrante), un libro llamado El Libro de Economista de la lista del año en la categoría Libros de Negocio en 2012.

¡Bienvenido a Mozilla Alex!

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Mozilla não saberá como ou se o FBI hackeou ou não o Firefox - Meio Bit

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Meio Bit

Mozilla não saberá como ou se o FBI hackeou ou não o Firefox
Meio Bit
A Mozilla tem motivos de sobra para ver o FBI pelo canto do olho. O Bureau conseguiu, através de métodos não divulgados implantar um malware no Tor Browser, o navegador de código aberto que é uma das principais ferramentas que os usuários da rede ...

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Air Mozilla: Web QA Team Meeting, 19 May 2016

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 18:00

Web QA Team Meeting Weekly Web QA team meeting - please feel free and encouraged to join us for status updates, interesting testing challenges, cool technologies, and perhaps a...

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Air Mozilla: Reps weekly, 19 May 2016

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 18:00

Reps weekly This is a weekly call with some of the Reps to discuss all matters about/affecting Reps and invite Reps to share their work with everyone.

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Mozilla Steps beyond Open Source with Gigabit Internet Funding in Austin - The VAR Guy

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The VAR Guy

Mozilla Steps beyond Open Source with Gigabit Internet Funding in Austin
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About:Community: Jakarta Community Space Launch

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 15:53

This post was written by Fauzan Alfi.

It was not an ordinary Friday 13th for Mozilla Indonesia because on May 13th, 2016, it was a very big day for us. After months of planning and preparation, the Mozilla Community Space Jakarta finally launched and opened for the community. It’s the 4th volunteer-run physical community space after Bangalore (now closed), Manila and Taipei and another one is opening soon in Berlin. Strategically located in Cikini – Central Jakarta, the Space will become a place for Mozillians from Greater Jakarta and Bandung to do many activities, especially developer-focused events, and to build relationships with other tech communities in the city.

The Space

The Space. Photo by Yofie Setiawan

Invited to the event were many open source and other communities around the city. Mozilla Reps, FSAs and Mozillians also joined to celebrate the Space opening. On his presentation, Yofie Setiawan (Mozilla Rep, Jakarta Space Manager) hopes that Jakarta Community Space can be useful for many people and communities, especially to educate anyone who comes and joins events that take place in the space.

Opening Event

Dian Ina and Rara talk to guests. Photo by Yofie Setiawan

Ceremonial first piece

Brian gets the ceremonial first bite. Photo by Yofie Setiawan

Also joining the event, Brian King from Participation Team at Mozilla. During his remarks, Brian said that the reason behind the Jakarta Community Space is because “the Mozilla community here is one of the most active globally, with deep roots and a strong network in tech scene”. He also added that “Indonesia is an important country with a very dynamic Web presence, and we’d like to engage with more people to make the online experience better for everyone.”

The Jakarta Community Space is around 40 square meters in area that fits 20-30 people inside. On the front side, it has glass wall that’s covered by frosted sticker with some Mozilla projects wording printed on it. Inside, we have some chairs, tables, home theater set, food & drink supplies and coffee machine. Most of the items were donated by Mozillians in Jakarta.

The tour

The tour. Photo by Yofie Setiawan

One area where the Jakarta Community excelled was with the planning and design. All the processes are done by the community itself. One of Reps from Indonesia, Fauzan Alfi – who has a background in architecture, helped design the space and kept the process transparent on the Community Design GitHub. The purpose is to ignite collaborative design, not only from Indonesian community but also from other parts of the globe. More creativity was shown by creating mural drawings of landmarks in selected cities around the world – including Monas of Jakarta.

Jakarta Community Space means a lot for Mozilla community in Greater Jakarta and Indonesia, in general. Having a physical place means the Indonesian community will have their own home to spread the mission and collaborate with more communities that are aligned with Mozilla, especially developer communities. Hopefully, the Space will bring more and more people to contribute to Mozilla and help shape the future of the Web.

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Pascal Chevrel: Let's give Firefox Nightly some love!

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 15:37

After a decade working on making Mozilla Web properties available in dozens of languages, creating communities of localizers around the globe and building Quality Assurance tools, dashboards and APIs to help ship our software and websites internationally, I recently left the Localization department to report to Doug Turner and work on a new project benefiting directly the Platform and Firefox teams!

I am now in charge of a project aiming to turn Nightly into a maintained channel (just as we have the Aurora, Beta and Release channels) whose goal will be to engage our very technical Nightly users into the Mozilla project in activities that have a measurable impact on the quality of our products.

Here are a few key goals I would like us to achieve in 2016-2017:

  • Double the number of Nightly users so as to detect much earlier regressions, crashes and Web compatibility issues. A regression detected and reported a couple of days after the code landed on mozilla-central is a simple backout, the same regression reported weeks or even months later in the Aurora, Beta or even discovered on the Release channel can be much more work to get fixed.

  • Make of Firefox Nightly a real entry point for the more technical users that want to get involved in Mozilla and help us ship software (QA, code, Web Compatibility, security…). Not only for Firefox but also to all technical Mozilla projects that would benefit from a wider participation.

  • Make of Firefox Nightly a better experience for these technical contributors. This means as a first step using the built-in communication channels (about:home promotional snippets, default tiles, first run / what's New pages…) to communicate information adapted to technical users and propose resources, activities and ways to participate in Mozilla that are technical by nature. I also want to have a specific focus on three countries, Germany, France and Spain, where we have strong local communities, staff and MozSpaces and can engage people more easily IRL.

I will not work on that alone, Sylvestre Ledru, our Release Management Lead, has created a new team (with Marcia Knous in the US and Calixte Denizet in France) to work on improving the quality of the Nightly channel and analyse crashes and regressions. Members of other departments (Participation, MDN, Security, Developer Relations…) have also shown interest in the project and intend to get involved.

But first and foremost, I do intend to get the Mozilla community involved and hopefully also get people not involved in Mozilla yet to join us and help us make of this "Nightly Reboot" project a success!

A few pointers for this project:

  • There is an existing #nightly IRC channel that we are restoring with Marcia and a few contributors. I am pascalc on IRC and I am in the CET timezone, don't hesitate to ping me there if you want to propose your help, know more about the project or propose your own ideas.

  • Marcia created a "Nightly Testers" Telegram channel, ping me if you are already using Nightly to report bugs and want to be added

  • For asynchronous communication, there is a Nightly Testers mailing list

  • If you want to download Nightly, go to nightly.mozilla.org. Unfortunately the site only proposes en-US builds and this is definitely something I want to get fixed! If you are a French speaker, our community maintains its own download site for Nightly with links to French builds that you can find at nightly.mozfr.org, otherwise other localized builds can be found on our FTP.

  • If you want to know all the new stuff that gets into our Nightly channel, follow our @FirefoxNightly twitter account

  • If you are a Nightly user and report a bug on https://bugzilla.mozilla.org, please put the tag [nightly-community] in the whiteboard field of your bug report, this allows us to measure the impact of our active Nightly community on Bugzilla.

Interested? Do get involved and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestion or idea that could fit into that project. Several people I spoke with in the last weeks gave me very interesting feedback and concrete ideas that I preciously noted!

You can contact me (in English, French or Spanish) through the following communication channels:

  • Email: pascal AT mozilla DOT com
  • IRC on Moznet and Freenode: pascalc
  • Twitter: @pascalchevrel

update 15:33 See also this blog post by Mozilla Engineer Nicholas Nethercote I want more users on the Nightly channel

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Mozilla Denied Request To Learn How Feds Hacked Firefox - Tech Times

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Mozilla Funds Program to Put Austin"s Gigabit Connections to Use - DSL Reports

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DSL Reports

Mozilla Funds Program to Put Austin"s Gigabit Connections to Use
DSL Reports
Mozilla is funding a new effort in Austin exploring just what can be done with a gigabit. Over the last few years Austin has become one of the few hotbeds of broadband competition in the United States, with Google Fiber, AT&T, Grande Communications all ...

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Ο Mozilla Firefox ξεπερνά για πρώτη φορά τους Internet Explorer/Edge σε χρήση - techgear.gr

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Nicholas Nethercote: I want more users on the Nightly channel

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 07:28

I have been working recently on a new Platform Engineering initiative called Uptime, the goal of which is to reduce Firefox’s crash rate on both desktop and mobile. As a result I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at crash reports, particular on the Nightly channel. This in turn has increased my appreciation of how important Nightly channel users are.

A crash report from a Nightly user is much more useful than a crash report from a non-Nightly user, for two reasons.

  • If a developer lands a change that triggers crashes for Nightly users, they will get fast feedback via crash reports, often within a day or two.  This maximizes the likelihood of a fix, because the particular change will be fresh in the developer’s mind. Also, backing out changes is usually easy at this point. In contrast, finding out about a crash weeks or months later is less useful.
  • Because a new Nightly build is done every night, if a new crash signature appears, we have a fairly small regression window. This makes it easier to identify which change caused the new crashes.

Also, Nightly builds contain some extra diagnostics and checks that can also be helpful with identifying a range of problems. (See MOZ_DIAGNOSTIC_ASSERT for one example.)

If we could significantly increase the size of our Nightly user population, that would definitely help reduce crash rates. We would get data about a wider range of crashes. We would also get stronger signals for specific crash-causing defects. This is important because the number of crash reports received for each Nightly build is relatively low, and it’s often the case that a cluster of crash reports that come from two or more different users will receive more attention than a cluster that comes from a single user.

(You might be wondering how we distinguish those two cases. Each crash report doesn’t contain enough information to individually identify the user — unless the user entered their email address into the crash reporting form — but crash reports do contain enough information that you can usually tell if two different crash reports have come from two different users. For example, the installation time alone is usually enough, because it’s measured to the nearest second.)

All this is doubly true on Android, where the number of Nightly users is much smaller than on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Using the Nightly channel is not the best choice for everyone. There are some disadvantages.

  • Nightly is less stable than later channels, but not drastically so. The crash rate is typically 1.5–2.5 times higher than Beta or Release, though occasionally it spikes higher for a short period. So a Nightly user should be comfortable with the prospect of less stability.
  • Nightly gets updated every 24 hours, which some people would find annoying.

There are also advantages.

  • Nightly users get to experience new features and fixes immediately.
  • Nightly users get the satisfaction that they are helping produce a better Firefox. The frustration of any crash is offset by the knowledge that the information in the corresponding crash report is disproportionately valuable. Indeed, there’s a non-trivial likelihood that a single crash report from a Nightly user will receive individual attention from an engineer.

If you, or somebody you know, thinks that those advantages outweigh the disadvantages, please consider switching. Thank you.

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Robert O'Callahan: x86-64 SSE/AVX Register Usage

Mozilla planet - to, 19/05/2016 - 05:57

Following up on my previous post, I counted the fraction of instructions in Firefox opt/debug libxul.so that use each XMM/YMM register.

Observations:

  • As before, debug builds are heavily weighted towards use of the first few registers, and opt builds allocate across more registers as you'd expect.
  • In debug builds, usage of the higher-numbered registers (up to 7) is a combination of va_start spilling all parameter registers (0-7) to the stack, and handwritten-assembly. It looks like almost all the handwritten assembly in Firefox restricts itself to registers 0-7, presumably so it works in x86-32 as well. Maybe some of that code would benefit from being updated for x86-64 with more registers?
  • In opt builds there's a clear drop-off in usage after register 7, more than can be explained by handwritten assembly or va_start spilling (since those equally affect debug). It's not related to caller/callee-saves status because all MM registers are caller-saves on Linux. It appears that in some functions experiencing moderate register pressure, gcc has freely used registers 0-7 but avoided using 8-15. Maybe that's because the latter require longer instruction encodings in some cases. You don't see the same dropoff moving to the upper eight GP registers, which have the same encoding length issue, but that may because of callee-saves and generally increased register pressure.
  • In libxul at least, MM registers are used far less often than GP registers. Register 0, the most-used by far, is used by barely 1% of instructions, comparable to the least-used GP registers. Registers 8 to 15 are each used by less than 0.1% of instructions.

As before, these are static counts and I'd expect weighting instructions by dynamic frequency would change the results dramatically --- on the right workloads --- since most of the hand-written assembly in Firefox is hand-written specifically to optimize use of MM registers in hot loops.

Update One interesting takeaway is that you have eight huge registers (256 bits each, 512 soon) unused by most code. That creates some interesting possibilities...

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FBI Doesn't Have to Give Mozilla Details on Bug It Used to Bust a Child Porn Ring - Newsweek

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FBI Doesn't Have to Give Mozilla Details on Bug It Used to Bust a Child Porn Ring
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Air Mozilla: Engineering Onboarding - Intern Q&A: Bugzilla, Session 1

Mozilla planet - wo, 18/05/2016 - 21:00

 Bugzilla, Session 1 Intern Q&A: Bugzilla, Session 1

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The Mozilla Blog: Welcome Alex Salkever, Vice President of Marketing Communications

Mozilla planet - wo, 18/05/2016 - 20:03

I’m excited to announce that Alex Salkever joins the Mozilla leadership team today as the Vice President of Marketing Communications.

In this role, Alex Salkever will be responsible for driving strategic positioning and marketing communications campaigns. Alex will oversee the global communications, social media, user support and content marketing teams and work across the organization to develop impactful outbound communications for Mozilla and Firefox products.

Alex Salkever, MozillaAlex was most recently Chief Marketing Officer of Silk.co, a data publishing and visualization startup, where he led efforts focused on user growth and platform partnerships. Alex has held a variety of senior marketing, marketing communications and product marketing roles working on products in the fields of scientific instruments, cloud computing, telecommunications and Internet of Things. In these various capacities, Alex has managed campaigns across all aspects of marketing and product marketing including PR, content marketing, user acquisition, developer marketing and marketing analytics.

Alex also brings to Mozilla his experience as a former Technology Editor for BusinessWeek.com. Among his many accomplishments, Alex is the co-author of “The Immigrant Exodus”, a book named to The Economist Book of the Year List in the Business Books category in 2012.

Welcome Alex!

Background:

Alex’s bio & Mozillians profile

LinkedIn profile

High-resolution photo

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Welcome Alex Salkever, Vice President of Marketing Communications

Mozilla Blog - wo, 18/05/2016 - 20:03

I’m excited to announce that Alex Salkever joins the Mozilla leadership team today as the Vice President of Marketing Communications.

In this role, Alex Salkever will be responsible for driving strategic positioning and marketing communications campaigns. Alex will oversee the global communications, social media, user support and content marketing teams and work across the organization to develop impactful outbound communications for Mozilla and Firefox products.

Alex Salkever, MozillaAlex was most recently Chief Marketing Officer of Silk.co, a data publishing and visualization startup, where he led efforts focused on user growth and platform partnerships. Alex has held a variety of senior marketing, marketing communications and product marketing roles working on products in the fields of scientific instruments, cloud computing, telecommunications and Internet of Things. In these various capacities, Alex has managed campaigns across all aspects of marketing and product marketing including PR, content marketing, user acquisition, developer marketing and marketing analytics.

Alex also brings to Mozilla his experience as a former Technology Editor for BusinessWeek.com. Among his many accomplishments, Alex is the co-author of “The Immigrant Exodus”, a book named to The Economist Book of the Year List in the Business Books category in 2012.

Welcome Alex!

Background:

Alex’s bio & Mozillians profile

LinkedIn profile

High-resolution photo

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Air Mozilla: The Joy of Coding - Episode 57

Mozilla planet - wo, 18/05/2016 - 19:00

The Joy of Coding - Episode 57 mconley livehacks on real Firefox bugs while thinking aloud.

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