While it’s not quite as exciting as surviving manifold assaults on resort living that have been the main feature of late on Planet Mozilla (nor, for that matter, as exciting as the Norwegian version of a “sea-to-sky highway”), a round-up of Camino events in July is due. Though July was filled with travel, moving, new jobs, summer school, and other impositions of real life, the Camino team still managed to make progress during the month.
- Samuel Sidler and Mark Mentovai led us out of the long, dark months of no nightly builds and flaky G4 Mac mini build machines; they got our Xserve up and running again following the required brain transplant from Mozilla IT. Sam also exorcised some gremlins that had taken up residence in our web servers and had prevented a couple of auxiliary sites from working properly.
- Stuart Morgan recently made a couple of attacks on our growing review queue, knocking out several reviews or superreviews of upcoming features and smaller bug-fixes. He also landed the latest Sparkle beta and reworked our Sparkle integration to match; we’ll move to the final Sparkle 1.5 once it’s available.
- Sean Murphy spent time wrangling Cocoa and Gecko to generate a patch that finally hooks up a complete, correct keyboard loop throughout the main browser window (for the moment it only works tabbing forward, but that’s a huge improvement over the random state the loop is usually in today). He has also continued working on bugs related to the forthcoming anti-phishing feature.
- Bryan Atwood’s patch for the Flashblock whitelist underwent the latest round of review this weekend; it’s very close to being ready.
- While I was away, Christopher Henderson showed up with a patch to implement Gecko 1.9’s new full-page (or content) zoom in Camino, and it’s pretty slick. The patch went through superreview this weekend, and after a few small changes (and a few final design decisions by the team), it’ll be ready to land very soon. Thanks, Christopher, for working on this!
- Since returning from Europe, I’ve gone right back to the usual miscellany—bug triage (kept well under control by the rest of the gang in my absence), patch landings, and stability and security updates (we were able to spring mento from captivity for a bit this weekend, so there’s now a 1.6.3 release candidate ready for testing).
That just about covers July’s main events; I hope I didn’t forget anything—if I did, Sam will no doubt let me know! Hopefully as the summer winds to a close (some schoolchildren near here head back to school in the morning!) we’ll be able to provide changes on a more regular basis and get Camino 2.0 Alpha 1 into your hands soon!