My 2009 yearly report
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I am not great at blogging in English and communicating about my work so I thought that publishing my yearly report would compensate that
All in all, it has been a busy year, nobody in the localization drivers team and among our localization teams had time to get bored, lots of product releases, lots of pages, lots of travel and events too. I am listing below what I have been directly leading and/or participating in, not some other projects where I was just giving a minor help (usually to my colleagues Stas and Delphine).
- 2 major releases: Firefox 3.5 and Thunderbird 3 (with a new multilingual Mozilla Messaging website)
- 26 other releases (maintenance, beta and RC releases)
Mozilla Europe website(s):
- 3 new locales: Serbian, Bulgarian, Swedish, our geographic coverage of Europe is now almost complete
- New content for 3.5 release, minor releases and many side projects
- major cleanups of content and code for easier maintenance (especially maintenance releases) and more features (html5 support, per locale menu navigation, visits now with referrer hints for better locale detection...)
- Site now sharing same metrics application as other mozilla sites
- More per country news items than previous years (events, new community sites, community meetings...)
- 46 blog posts written by our European community on blogs.mozilla-europe.org
- Our events management web application was used for 10 European events (I created it back in summer 2008)
- We now have a localized landing page for our 74 locales on top of up to date in-product pages
- Geolocation page for all locales
- 3.0 and 3.5 major updates offered for all locales
- Localized beta download pages to incitate beta-testing of non-English versions of Firefox
- Better code for our localized pages (better right-to-left, language switching, simpler templates...)
- Whatsnew/Firstun pages now warn the user in his language if his Flash plugin is outdated (for better security and stability)
- Lots of content, css, graphics updates all along the year, everywhere
- Firefox 3.6 in-product pages (firstrun, whatsnew, major update) localization underway, pluginscheck page localization almost technically ready for localization
- Fennec pages being localized for 1.0 final
Marketing Sites made multilingual
- Fastest Firefox video campaign
- One Billion Plus You
- Mozilla Service Week
- Several updates to start pages snippets along the year
- Quarterly Firefox surveys for some locales on whatsnew pages
- Gave a lecture at the Madrid university about opensource, the mozilla project and community management.
- MMTC Madrid one week sprint in July, gave Mozilla classes with Paul Rouget and Vivien Nicolas to 30 students (evaluation TBD)
- Organized CoMeTe project at Evry university, France, in October with Fabien Cazenave and Laurent Jouanneau as teachers
- Found new localizers for a dozain locales, helped some creating blogs, community sites and local events
- Many community meetings, IRC or IRL
- Participated in Firefox 3.5 party in Madrid
- I am since May on twitter, communicating about my work and Mozilla in Europe
- Organized a theming contest in collaboration with the Dotclear project for our community blog, won by Marie Alhomme
- Created with Julia a Mozilla Planet for French Speakers
- Lots of Web l10n QA with Delphine plus some personal QA work on 3.6 looking for Linux specific Firefox bugs
- Went to 21 events (7 of them internal Mozilla events) like Fosdem, MozCamps Chile + Prague, Ubuntu parties, Solutions Linux, W3C event, Firefox 5 year anniversary, Firefox 3.5 party Madrid, JDLL, Geneva Community meetup... Lots of time abroad and travelling.
- Blogging in French about the Mozilla project and its place in the FLOSS ecosystem, current focus on Mozilla QA and how to get involved in the project.
- Some documentation work (mostly on QA of localized pages)
- Many updates to the webdashboard
- Helped Delphine setting up Womoz website and general advices on community building
- Several press interviews for Spain as well as conferences given about the Mozilla project
- Started this week with Stas and Patrick the localization work needed for the Browser Choice Screen in Windows for Europe
- Lots of technical self teaching while building projects, I even did my first Jetpack extension this week, Yay!
- A new expresso machine
Happy new year 2010 to all mozillians and FOSS lovers in the world
That's an amazing total of 28 releases!
I had the impression this year that we had a release every other week, and it was actually more than this. Wow!
Busy, busy year! Lots of great stuff -- looking forward to hopefully working with you in 2010!