Needed : contacts in the Italian administration doing IT
The product I work on as an issue when dealing with certain mime types, in particular with application/pkcs7-mime. It seems the Italian state, is sending a lot of encrypted and signed emails using the S/mime standard. These emails are unusable in Thunderbird - our mime library copes on it's content. Meaning that Thunderbird is not really usable for many of our Italian users, because they can't deal with electronic paper work coming from their Administration. Italian is our 5th biggest used language, so we tried to fix this issue in order to make sure Thunderbird would work for our Italian users. Before committing the fix our S/Mime expert had doubts on the fact that the fix did the right thing.
So here we go committing the fix , asking and getting feedback - unfortunately after a week or so we've figured out that we regressed, and some things that used to work don't work anymore. So those regressions with the doubts our S/Mime expert has made us - we backed the patch out.
We would still love to have a solution for our users. as fixing the client and receiving end seems difficult, we would like to find out what software is sending those malformed message. Once we know that - we could probably contact them and help them fix the issue.
I'm posting this in order to reach out to someone who knows someone that works as an IT staff for the Italian administration - so we can figure out what software they use and let the administration that something is wrong with it. You can leave a comment in the bug, or if you want things to stay private send me an email.
I've been told that they use Openpec , I would love to get confirmation of that information.
Where to find build ID in miramar and the upcoming Thunderbird 3.3
As some of you might have noticed we are following Firefox's new about box design. Our new about box looks like :
When reporting bugs it's nice to post the build id in the bug. A build id is a unique identifier that let the people know exactly which version of Thunderbird you are running. The build id looks like Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; rv:5.0a2) Gecko/20110516 Thunderbird/3.3a4pre. This used to be in the about dialog. Now it's in the help menu in the Troubleshooting information page. And it looks like :
ISP easily remove the burden of configuring email clients
As some of you know, I spend a good deal of my day reading bug comments , replying to some, trying to understand why the user is seeing a bug and I'm not.
Since the release of Thunderbird 3.0 (actually since one of the betas), Thunderbird has the ability to easily setup an email account. Users just enter their email address and their password and we'll figure out the proper parameters. This work as been picked up by other email clients : evolution , kmail and Android's k9 (it's a gsoc project this year). The documentation on how it works is available at the following url : https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Thunderbird/Autoconfiguration. To make version 3.0 usable we populated the database and then we added the hosted mechanism.
Now and then we see some ISPs, coming to us and asking us to be integrated in the Database, to which most of the time we answer to implement the hosted mechanism. And here's why we tell them to host the file :
The ISP is in control - so when something needs to be changed it can do it immediately without having to go through our process (which is slow).
We can't verify all the isp's config over time - so if something breaks because the ISP implements a news feature (SSL, Imap) etc. It will take some for us to figure it out (if we do) and make the change.
Having a hosted file doesn't change the way we treat the ISP. It only changes the speed at which the user gets her account configured; it's faster since we try the hosted file before our database.
Conclusion is fairly easy, if you're an ISP and want to implement our Autoconfiguration mechanism in a timely and controlled manner - just host the xml file.
As of today we are starting a Full functional test for what will become Thunderbird 3.3. The formal testing event will end in three days.
All the major new visible feature have landed as we froze strings last week. Now we need to have more users using Miramar so we can spot issue that the few hundred of testers we already have, didn't find yet. To help us with this it's quite easy :
Thunderbird testing event starting this coming Sunday
The Thunderbird team as been busy fixing, fixing, fixing bugs as well as changing a few things in the UI - notably the way we handle attachments. Today we have our string freeze, that means most features involving strings should have landed before the freeze in order to make it in 3.3 final. I think it's a good time to chase regressions so the most obvious ones can be fixed before we release 3.3 final. So I'm looking for at least 20 volunteers to sign up for some litmus testing.
If you sign up you should make sure to meet the following requirements
Yesterday I attended my first ever barcamp , the name of the event was "Data Visualization Barcamp".
My main motivation to go there was that it was Organized by Dan & Zoja.
I Learned a lot on how my brains consumes and analyses data. Some of the presentations where quite interesting. Our brain doesn't digest stuff created by itself as easily as stuff present in nature and processed by reflexes. So things like numbers are harder to process than form or colors. I liked Liz's numbers on Tanzania , because of the numbers more than for the form they were presented. But on top of that I did a lot of catching up with my former Joost colleagues - and that was priceless. I ended up playing pinball and getting my butt kicked by Daniel on Red & Ted's Road Show.
I was asked to talk about how data could be extracted from Thunderbird and worked on it and visualize it. This got me to bug 489999 and Jim Porter's excellent work on visualizing stats and email pattern usage using gloda. So for those of you with large mailboxes and the need to visualize data and metadata of your emails , you should probably peek at this extension's source code.
I wonder if something similar could be achieve using places in Firefox.
I'm just back from a work week in Mountain view. Mozillamessaging is not more as some of you know already. This will not change anything with how we intend to ship Thunderbird. It will change a few things, I won't be using email@example.com anymore, I'll be firstname.lastname@example.org, and might use something else in bugzilla, but haven't decided yet. I'll shout out when I make that change. But that's about it.
The week was full of meetings and meeting new employees, getting to know some employees I didn't know (I still have a lot to learn in that regard).
I've been wondering for a while where I could play pinball machine outside of my office room (where my pinball is located). I would just like to be able to know that if I go to venue X, then I'll just be able to play pinball :-) It would even be better If I knew what game I would be able to play, just in case I would happen to be not two far from two venues that carry pinball games. Oh and by venue I do mean public places, like bars or arcades.
I've tried googling for something similar but Google didn't find anything (It doesn't mean however that such a tool doesn't exist) - so I decided to start the project, and will from now on add pinball machine location that I know of on a public googlemap.
I've added the place in France where I've played last time. There is no way I can visit all places that have pinball games. I'm thinking about this little side project as a side project - and will require people's help.
You like pinball ? You want to add spots on that map ? send me an email with the venu link in google maps (or just it's name) and the pinball machine they are carrying and I'll add it to the map. You want to add more than one place because you like the idea of having a map, fire an email and I'll share the map with you. Reach me at Ludovic.email@example.com for this project.
This year I had the chance to go to CeBIT and represent Mozillamessaging. I've been told in the past (well last year) - that the mozilla booth had been receiving a lot of Thunderbird related questions. So this year I went there to help the booth deal with Thunderbird and messaging questions.
I kinda of took a lot of notes while there so I could write this summary of what happened while I was on the booth.
The first impression as a first timer at CeBIT, is the size of the fair. Everybody told me it was the biggest computer show on earth. But which fair or show isn't going to say that. Based on the map I had received before going, it didn't look *that* big. But when I arrived and realized that each block on that maps weren't just "areas" in a big hall , but actually halls themselves, and that it took me 20 minutes of walking just to reach the hall 2 where mozilla had it's booth. I then really was impressed with the size of the fair. I've now come to realize that the Hannover's main source of revenue is probably the fairs happening all year around.Plus walking to the booth let me pass in front of nice places that solde bretzels, sausage and beer , I felt in German land (ie Alsace is a lot like that too, but they don't like being associated with German culture). Even arriving after three didn't mean I wouldn't get questions from users (some tricky support questions, some general question etc ...). I met fallen the project lead of Lightning, as he was visiting CeBIT. Then Tomcat went to the open source talks booth, to receive an award for Mozilla Firefox on the mobile platform. I once again experienced the fact that our world is very small. The mozilla booth was sitting across the Libre Office booth. And someone I had met when I visited munich last year, was on the booth. On the way back to the hotel I was wondering why my co-worker looked so tired, I was going to figure this out for myself the next day :-)
Second day started by me going to C't or heise's booth on another Hall, so I would get my pgp key signed. I did all the paper work and I'm now waiting for the key to actually be signed :-). I managed to do this before the fair was open to the public so I didn't miss much of the action on the mozilla booth. It's Friday and we are seeing less suits and more normal people. The crowd is a bit bigger than the previous day from what I can tell. Today I wore the Firefox costume twice. It's hot like in hell when you wear it, and I sweat a lot - feels a bit like in a sauna - but after a while even breathing becomes difficult. So wearing it more than 20 minutes is a challenge. I must say I had a lot of fun being the fox, even if you don't see much , people just love you, hug you and want to take pictures with you. So I think I've never had so many picture of myself taken with so many girls (too bad I will probably not see so many of them).
Swag is going away like crazy - the screen cleaner is confused with stickers. When you demo how practical that piece of swag is people realize that they want more and take one or two more to give to friends and family. Thanks to Rafael I had some Thunderbird swag (T-shirts and Stickers), that I kept with me and only gave to people who where actually asking Thunderbird questions. I then tried to compared attendance on the OpenOffice and LibreOffice booth. I counted 3 people on the OpenOffice booth and 16 on the Libre Office one, but I'm unable to tell the actual number number of staffers on both booths.
This was the most tiring day of all. Attendance came by wave and many many visitors came to the booth. We had one more staff on-board as Kaie came to CeBIt just to be on the booth and demo the new features of Mozilla Firefox 4.0. We had plenty plenty of visitors and some of them were Thunderbird fans , and talking to them was cool ! I took the costume 3 times and it was even better than the days before.
Overall The Thunderbird demos I did went pretty well. I of course made a bunch of pictures during those 3 days.