Soft code freeze for Firefox 118 starts on August 24

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Donal Meehan

Aug 21, 2023, 10:39:44 AM8/21/23
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With Firefox 117 in the Release Candidate phase this week, we are nearing the end of the Nightly 118 cycle.

In order to avoid invalidating the testing we get out of late Nightly and to ensure that we can roll out Beta 118 to a wider audience with confidence next week, we'd like to ask that any risky changes be avoided from Thursday, August 24 until after the version bump to 119 on August 28.

Also, please be advised that string freeze for Firefox 118 begins Friday, August 25. In order to ensure that our localizers have adequate time to translate strings, please make sure that all string changes have landed by EOD Friday.

Some reminders for the soft code freeze period:

- Be ready to back out patches that cause crash spikes, new crashes, severe regressions
- Monitor new regressions and escalate merge blockers
- Support release management by prioritizing fixing of merge blockers

Do Not:
- Land a risky patch or a large patch
- Land new features (that affect the current Nightly version) — be mindful that code behind NIGHTLY_BUILD or RELEASE_OR_BETA ifdefs can lead to unexpected CI results
- Flip prefs that enable new Features that were untested in the Nightly cycle
- Plan to kick off new experiments that might impact a feature's merge readiness

Please let us know if you have any questions/concerns.

Thank you,
Donal Meehan,
Firefox Release Manager

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Donal Meehan

Aug 28, 2023, 10:52:17 AM8/28/23
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Hello, the 119 version bump has landed on mozilla-central and the new Nightly cycle is officially underway.

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