This has come up on assorted mailing lists so I figured I’d blog about it…
Please do note the rapid release process is still new and might need to be adjusted as we go through a couple.
If you are…..
- You need to focus on the fact that the next merge from mozilla-central to mozilla-aurora is 2011-05-24 (any code for Firefox 6 needs to be in by that date)
- You need to know any major issues you find in code landed before 2011-04-12 should be brought to the attention of release drivers to put into beta or aurora, wherever is appropriate
- You need to focus on the fact that you only have until 2011-05-17 to finish localizing Firefox 5 content in mozilla-aurora (time left for current work)
- You need to focus on the fact that the next merge from mozilla-central to mozilla-aurora is 2011-05-24 (time the work for the next cycle starts so you can plan)
- You only have until 2011-05-17 to test your add-on with Firefox 5 content in mozilla-aurora and mark your add-on as 5.0* compatible.
You will be able to test for 6 more weeks on beta but our beta audience has over 2 million people…you probably don’t want to field their support questions and should just focus on getting it compatible during the aurora timeframe.
- You should start testing your add-on with Firefox 6 content in mozilla-aurora on 2011-05-24. You will have 6 weeks to test on aurora and another 6 weeks to test on beta
- Firefox 5 will be released on 2011-06-21
I hear there is a developer calendar somewhere and intend to add the assorted merge dates. I have also been saying it every week in the platform, MoCo, channel, and product meetings. We’re working on getting it added to the wiki in the appropriate places (thanks to Matt Brubeck for adding it on the RapidRelease wiki page).
Additionally, there are dates in the specifics document as well as a quick python program to spit out your very own merge schedule. Please note we are still working out the mechanics of merges so they may be +- a day or so.