When will Iceweasel 3.6 come ?

Mike Hommey mh at glandium.org
Sat Feb 13 08:37:58 UTC 2010

(This was also posted on http://glandium.org/blog/?p=891)

That is a question I hear more and more, and I felt it had to be
answered publicly. Short answer: when it’s ready.

The current target for Squeeze is 3.5, for various reasons, but the
main is that it shares the same Gecko version as Iceape (SeaMonkey) and
Icedove (Thunderbird), which means that while the security team (or
myself) will have to update these three for security updates, they will
share patches. So 3.6 is less a priority than having 3.5 in shape for
the release.

Last week, I wrote on a mailing list post that I was expecting 3.6 to
come this week. Well, that was before I discovered the sad reality.

But 3.6 is still on the radar. I already went through all the patches
we apply on 1.9.1, and rebasing should now be straightforward.

Most of the 3.5 failures have now also been addressed: sparc and
powerpc were fixed first, and I am now (re-re-re…-re)building on arm
for, I hope, the last time. Unfortunately, mips is still missing, and
without a porterbox, I can’t do much. I tried, some time ago, in qemu,
but there is no way I’m going to wait 50 hours for a build again ; it
was already painful on a real arm box (where it takes 90 minutes just
to link libxul.so). Anyways, 2 patches stolen from upstream and 5
patches sent (or almost sent for the one currently under validation)
later, we should be down to one release architecture failing instead of
four. Which is already good.

On the other hand, a new 3.5 upstream release, with security fixes, is
planned for next tuesday, which means some time will have to be spent
for stable updates, too. So, in the next few days, expect that I’ll be
working on stable security updates, then unstable updates, including
the three architectures fix, and then work on 3.6 will continue.

Which means we can hope for a 3.6 release in experimental by the end of
next week, or the following one, in the worst case.


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