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Call for Help: Testing Firefox on your Android Device

As part of Mozilla Mobile QA’s release criteria for continually testing Firefox on Android, we want to again extend our efforts in leveraging the community for assistance in areas of device.

We want you to test and provide feedback in regards to how Firefox operates on your Android device. 

A problematic challenge we face is the ability to truly test and qualify the ever increasing and vast assortment of Android based devices (phone, tablet and soon to be more) out there in the wild;  the nature of which the carriers and combination of an open platform presents us with. With so many devices available, it is difficult to to ultimately attest and standby the truth in acknowledging if a device will be truly compatible with Firefox or not based on a range of criteria. Compatibility on each device can also very well be a subjective opinion based on overall experience, fulfillment and value. As each device has different hardware and different processes and configurations, it is challenging to produce an appropriate label and or level of compatibility for a device. This is where we want your help.

To gather information from community based testing, we have created a simple survey that can assist in defining and painting the overall picture of a device at hand. We currently have a backlog of untested devices that we not have access to, and we could use your help in testing!

How to Help

  • First, we would like for you to download the new Firefox on Android (currently on the Nightly channel) available here and install it onto your Android device
  • Complete the survey available here: http://bit.ly/firefox-android-survey

  • Create a Bugzilla account in our bug tracker so that you can file bugs you find against Firefox on Android in Bugzilla. Reminder, effective bug reports are likely to be fixed. There are excellent bug writing guidelines for your pleasure to read here. Detail the issues you find to significantly increase the chances that a developer can act on the bug thus increasing the likelihood of positive resolution — provide in-browser Android screenshots, website URL, browser build information, and steps to reproduce the issues
Join and chat with us on IRC on the server irc.mozilla.org in the rooms #mobile and #qa to talk with Mobile QA and mobile developers.

A few minutes of your time in completing the survey will be largely valuable, and you will be contributing towards the testing efforts of Firefox.

Wrapping Up an Internship at Mozilla

Friday is approaching fast, it will be my last official day as an intern with Mozilla Corporation, but certainly not my last day with the project and overall initiative.

The past four month’s have offered me an an incredible chance to learn, far more than any one job, classroom or book may offer. I have learned a lot; everything from the Mozilla platform to invalidation reference testing to XML User Interface Language (XUL) to reducing test-cases for crashes in the browser to even the vast assortment of brown-bag and meet-up discussions, I have learned a lot. With the knowledge gained, this internship opportunity has been far more rewarding than one could possibly imagine. There is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to discover and ascertain and to certainly ask many upon many questions.

Four month’s long, I worked alongside the QA (Execution & Test Dev), (that of which include Clint and Heather) team driving forth many efforts within the world of testing. Over the months, I got to tackle quite a few tricky issues that turned out to require new and unique solutions that I really enjoyed inventing and implementing. The different challenges and testing opportunities were each rewarding as they demonstrated the underlying importance of software testing.

See my parting presentation here for a complete overview (no <iframe/> in WordPress) of the major project I worked on in July/August and the test development areas I worked on in May and June .

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That being said, I’m not gone yet. Despite a return to my final year of software development in school, I’ll continue to chip in to the efforts of the QA team and other projects to come, only I’ll be on IRC at a slightly different time of day.

Thanks Mozilla and in particular the friendly folks of QA for the first-rate experience!

Take care Mozilla,

Aaron

Mozilla and the Future of the Internet

Having just watched Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s hymn for the planet, titled HOME – an ode to the planet’s beauty and its delicate harmony, it triggered some thinking on what’s going on in the world.

HOME is more than a documentary with a message, it is a magnificent movie in its own right and has an impact on anyone who sees it. It awakens in us the awareness that is needed to change the way we see the world. It embraces the major ecological issues that confront us and shows how everything on our planet is interconnected. Everything is interconnected.

How can we take this means of awakening, interconnection and global consanguinity to bring everyone together on the web? Can we accelerate an integrated worldview towards critical mass by opening a medium where people can see what happens when they are empowered by each other?

We all want to live in a better world, and many among us are working to make that world a possibility. Improvement is achieved through ideation, innovation, cultivation and application of solutions to problems. However, due to the blindingly complex nature of the problems we currently face, equally sophisticated solutions are required. These solutions are beyond the realm of any one person or small group of people. It is the globe that faces these problems and thus it is the global mind that must develop matching solutions.

There are now more links, websites, documents and files on the internet than there are synapses in a single human brain. Having reached into every attribute of human life, it is now steering the course of history.

It is estimated that over 1.5 billion individuals have access to the internet with user growth ever increasing in the developing world. Classified as the most capable and sophisticated tool ever developed by mankind, the internet represents the pinnacle of thousands of years of technological development.

Accelerating at rapid growth at blazing speeds in development, it affirms rather than conflicts with human identify. In essence, it connects us in real and personal ways to other human beings. With higher potential beginning to reveal itself, an opportunity is presented to forge a network which interconnects those who improve our world. We now have the means and the wisdom to implement a system that fosters world-changing collaboration amongst the people of this planet.

We are, without question, living in the most exciting time in human history. Human potential is expanding as technology continues to bring awareness to the great realm of our knowledge and understanding, the populace of our planet are beginning to awaken, en masse, to our true inner nature and our integrated relationship with the world around us.

As the world wakens to its indissoluble oneness, we still see an escalating disarray. Fears of governmental paranoia and terrorism run amok, global economic collapse looms, and of course the earth herself is exhibiting the symptoms of feeble health.

We are now at a crossroads. Despite all the incalculable knowledge available at our fingertips, we are unable to predict the days forthcoming. There comes a point when every new and competing idea is put to a test. If that idea is to be successful it must reach a critical mass.

How can Mozilla and the internet of tomorrow work to accelerate an integrated worldview towards critical mass by opening a medium where people can see what happens when they are empowered by each other?

– AaronMT