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Well, as I finish off my last year here at Seneca College with my friends some would think that our time with Mozilla might be done.  Personally, I don’t think you can get rid of me that easily.  The more rigid release schedules may slow down but my involvement with the open source world is never done (at least not anymore).

After I see my code get into Tinderbox I think I’ll go lean towards a more interesting hobby of mine which is xen virtualization.  Start dabbling in that again as there are quite a few possibilities to explore like VMGL (OpenGL drivers which allow for native fps on virtualized images.  Currently only at OpenGL1.5) or there still being the lack of a management interface to control VMs.

All-in-all, I’ve had a great time working for Mozilla and I think I’ve found a niche for myself in this vast world of software.


Well another release comes with more waiting time from the review team from tinderbox.  Despite clearly stating in a few FAQs on bugzilla not to contact people directly with email I’ve reached an impass.. Looks like some of my code waiting for review on the Make showbuilds.cgi more informative bug hasn’t been touched in almost a month..

I have newer code that I’m debaiting just checking in at this stage.  I’ve held back mainly because I didn’t want to add futher complexity to my already questionable code review (you never know with Tinderbox really).

On another note I’ve updated/fixed/fine tuned another tinderbox release.  All information, as usual, is available at for review.  New features include:

  • Smoothed out UI by relocated links to make a more vertically compact layout.
  • Bugfix: build machine log files were only displayed for first build machine in tree.

I also introduce comment support today as well.. Look for it in a few hours.  I just have a few bugs to quash and all will be well.

Last weeks class on tweaking Thunderbird was interesting.  Since we haven’t worked on Thunderbird before it gave the whole class a chance to see how that program worked in comparison to the all mighty Firefox.

Well, as it seems, working on Thunderbird feels exactly the same as Firefox!  This might have a lot to do with the fact that they are both based on the same framework.  But that’s the beauty of it!  It’s just another example of how easy it is to work with Mozilla products yet again.

Over the past few weeks since I built FF3 on Ubuntu and blogged about it I’ve received a few comments on it. Surprisingly, people have actually used my how-to! I can only imagine how many others have used it and just not left any comments.

When I first created the post I thought to myself “How could this possibly be useful? Mozilla already has some documentation on the process.” But the documents are quite generic and made for all operating systems.  And it seems that some Ubuntu  users were more than happy to see a direct how-to on this process.

I guess my point is, even if you think that something might not be useful to you it may just be the saving piece of info for someone else lost out there in cyberspace..