Software Testing: Firefox 3.5 RC Test Day, Linux Mint 7 Final ETA
Article by George Norman
On 25 May 2009
As the Mozilla development team is getting closer and closer to rolling out Firefox 3.5 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) with a logo redesign, a call has been issued to the Mozilla Community to help test the software. At the end of the week, on Friday, Mozilla will be holding a test event and everyone that can help in the development of Firefox 3.5, codename Shiretoko, is invited to join.

Mozilla QA, Aakash Desai, explains: “I'm here to inform that we're going to be holding a MAJOR testday event on Friday, May 29th, from 7AM - 5PM PDT...for the first (and hopefully only) release candidate version for Fx 3.5! It'll be a day completely devoted to helping test Firefox 3.5 RC 1. There's going to be a lot of fun in our usual #testday channel due to the high amount of traffic. What we're really going to be gearing towards for this testday are the looking over coverage over the new features in Firefox 3.5. Anyone that finds a *new* blocker bug or is our "toptester" (runs the highest amount of litmus testcases) for the day will be rewarded with a really cool MozQA shirt.”


Additional details on the event can be found on the official Mozilla QA web page – click here.
The latest nightly build of Firefox 3.5 RC is available for download here.

One other piece of software that is getting ready to be released is the stable version of Linux Mint 7, codename Gloria. The testing phase of Linux Mint 7 has already kicked off, as Lead Developer Clem Lefebvre has announced last week; now it is the same Clem Lefebvre that now shed a little light into Gloria’s ETA (estimated time of arrival).

“I can see that’s the question on everybody’s lips right now.. “when is Mint 7 going to be released?”. You probably saw on twitter that LinuxMint-7-DEV-052.iso was approved by Exploder and that it passed all the tests… and yet, no sign of it in the mirrors and no announcements on the website. I just want to ask the community for a little more patience. There’s very little left to do before the release but we can’t afford to skip any steps,” said Clem Lefebvre.

The steps Clem Lefebvre mentioned above are:
- LinuxMint-7-DEV-052.iso needs to be fully tested and approved by Lefebvre.
- The Universal edition, which will be rolled out alongside the Main edition, has to be approved.
- User Guide updates.
- 48 hours for the ISO to propagate on the download mirrors.

“After that, we’ll be ready for a release,” explains Lefebvre. “The upgrade path from Mint 7 RC1 is working fine. The upgrade path from Mint 6 will need to be tested and the upgrader will eventually need to be updated. This won’t hold the release though and we’ll make an announcement for Mint 6 users a few days after the release. Please be patient and my apologies for the time this is taking.”

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox 3.5, Shiretoko, Linux Mint 7, Gloria
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