Thunderbird 78.0 release date, and betas

John Bieling john.bieling at gmx.de
Fri Jun 26 17:17:53 UTC 2020


As it it somewhat related:

The update guide has been released today:
https://developer.thunderbird.net/add-ons/updating/tb78

And use the topicbox and chat to seek help.

John


On 26.06.2020 18:56, Wayne wrote:
> Thank you, Walter. You are correct, I failed to communicate a step.
> Initially when we ship NN.0 even manual updates are disabled.  Thus,
> all users will for a period of time (perhaps 3-4 weeks) only see an
> update of 68.9.0 -> 69.10.0, which will be automatic.
>
> However, at some point the rules will be changed, typically in bursts
> of a couple days, so that manual update attempts will get 78 in short
> bursts.  And then in the 78.2 time frame I expect, as I previously
> posted, that automatic updates will gradually be phased in more strongly.
>
> In other words, extension developers do not have a full three months
> to prepare extensions.  Note, even on day one many users download the
> new version just because they are eager to get it.  And ISTR last year
> we had many tens of thousands of version 68 users in the first month -
> it's not a spigot that we can fully control.  I anticipate a million
> or two users on 78 by September 1.
>
> To conclude, you don't want to be ramping up add-on development in
> late July and August. Extension developers will want to :
> a) start their work now, if they did not already start during the beta
> 78 period
> b) ask questions and assist other developers in
> https://thunderbird.topicbox.com/groups/addons/
> c) file bugs now for missing API functionally needed for their add-on,
> if they did not already do so during the beta 78 period
> d) help bring the developer documentation up to speed
>
> Hope that helps.
>
>
> On 6/26/20 11:44 AM, Walter L Schwartz wrote:
>>
>> Wayne,
>>
>> So I will get 78.0 and not 68.10 when I do a Help > About Thunderbird
>> using my 68.9.0?
>>
>> I thought users of the 68.x.x version didn't get updated until 78.3
>> was released giving extension developers at least until approximately
>> 2020-09-22 to get extensions working for all users.
>>
>> https://wiki.mozilla.org/Release_Management/Calendar
>>
>> Those that download and install separately should be a minority.
>>
>> Walt
>>
>> On 6/26/20 10:55 AM, Wayne wrote:
>>> I, and all of us, would dearly love to have many more add-ons
>>> compatible when ESR goes live. However there are other
>>> considerations which compete with this desire, and so 78.0 must go
>>> forward.
>>>
>>> Beta 78 will continue to be available for one more week to help
>>> add-on developers. And in one week 78.0 will go live but with
>>> automatic updates disabled - meaning users can only get it if they
>>> intentionally, manually update.   Or they download it from somewhere.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 6/25/20 5:24 PM, Axel Grude wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Good news - *please do not push live for 4-6 weeks*, rather roll
>>>> out the ESR update much later, just  like last year. We need to do
>>>> a ton of rewriting and testing for our legacy Add-ons to become
>>>> compatible as "web experiments".
>>>>
>>>> I am hoping to hire someone from the Thunderbird circle to help
>>>> with primary conversion tasks, as I am too busy to do it myself. If
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>>>>
>>>> regards,
>>>>   Axel
>>>>
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>>>>> *Subject:*Thunderbird 78.0 release date, and betas
>>>>> *From:*Wayne Mery <vseerror at lehigh.edu>
>>>>> *To:*Tb-planning at mozilla.org <tb-planning at mozilla.org>
>>>>> *Sent: *Thursday, 25/6/2020 16:17
>>>>>
>>>>> Due to availability of personnel and other issues, we won't be
>>>>> releasing 78.0 on June 30.  I anticipate releasing during the week
>>>>> of July 6.  This also gives another week for tweaks and fixes that
>>>>> are still coming in from new patches.
>>>>>
>>>>> We plan to do one more 78 beta, 78.0b4, in the next few days.  And
>>>>> 79 beta will be done next week.
>>>>>
>>>>> Feel free to ask any questions or provide feedback.
>>>>>
>>>>>
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