Thunderbird 24 beta is out. This is the first beta of the next Major release of Thunderbird - with many, many core improvements and many small bug fixes (we are missing locales on windows). Good news is Lightning was build at the same time , so calendar users we’ll be able to download their favorite extension.
Starting now we are running a Test week , in order to catch any major regression that didn’t get caught. There’s tow ways to achieve this and both are difficult.
1) We need a few more tens of thousands of users (so Thunderbird get’s tested with AVs, Anti-spam solutions etc …) so raise our low rate of 0.43% of beta users compared to mainstream users. People tend to be afraid of running betas for email while not for things like a web browser. I had the same thinking before testing Thunderbird became my main Activity. Since February 2009 - I’ve been using various betas/alphas and nightlights of Thunderbird, and didn’t loose a single email on either imap nor pop. Your mileage may vary but It’s been pretty stable for me.
2) We need people with more desktops setting to helps us during our first test week - which is starting today. That’s easier than 1 as you can just use a test account with no “important” emails in it. Then you’ll need to run the beta on that account and spend sometime testing ( that means reading a test - trying to do it in Thunderbird and report if it worked or not). This is less stressful about the mails you care. All you need is some time, the capacity to read English , and try things in Thunderbird. The tests are at https://moztrap.mozilla.org/runtests/environment/1974/ , and the quality team is available on irc.mozilla.org on #tb-qa (just click that link to talk to us). Bugs found need to be reported in bugzilla and marked blocking of https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=870347 (if that’s chinese to you just add :usul on the cc list).
3) if you don’t have time this coming week - consider joigning our other efforts outlined at https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Testing
4) the beta is at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/all-beta.html
Ludovic for the quality team.
Two days ago I explained on diverse mailing list what the plans for testing Thunderbird 17 would be. In that email I promised to give the number of participants. Right now, at this moment, the number is 17. Which is not low low, but which could get higher. We really need more people with different configurations to give it a try and give us a hand in order to have a decent amount of coverage. Send me an email if you want to sign up.
We’ve just added silent and background update to Thunderbird. This means that on Vista/7 the update won’t prompt the UAC asking if you want to update.( see bug 758326 for details).
This also means that we need to make sure it works and that’s where we need you.
Standard8 has all the details at :
From today’s Daily builds, we will be enabling the maintenance service that Firefox has. This is the background service that is used to avoid the UAC prompt on Windows*. We have in place the same structure as Firefox, and the majority of the code is directly re-used.
We’ve tested this the best we can, and we don’t expect any issues with updates. However, I will be triggering an additional set of Windows nightly builds a few hours after the normal builds to confirm the updates are working correctly.
If you do see any issues, please file them in the “Installer” component under “Thunderbird”, and we’ll triage them to toolkit if necessary.
Tomorrow, I plan to be enabling background updates. These will be available to all platforms, and mean that when updating Thunderbird will download the update, apply the update to a copy of the app directory, and on restart move that copy into place, thus avoiding the delay of installation during the restart.
Assuming all goes well, these will be released in TB 17 at the latest, but we may consider pushing one or both of them forward to TB 16 - we need to see how reports go over the weekend.
Note that in both of these changes, you won’t see the effect of the change until you upgrade to the nightly after receiving the first nightly including the fix (hence the additional nightly today).
* The background service is only used on Windows, and currently only applies to Windows 32 bit builds. Users of the testing-only 64 bit nightlies will have to wait until Firefox implements the fully functionality there.
So we’ll need some of you to use trunk build for a while and report update issues if you spot any. Testing should be fairly simple, run Thunderbird nightly and wait for update and see if