the Thunderbird developers have finalized the release schedule for 
Thunderbird beta4. Here it is (All dates use time of 23:59 PST): 

    * Slushy Code Freeze date: 2009-09-07 (Monday) 
    * Firm String freeze date: 2009-09-09 (Wednesday) 
    * Firm Code Freeze date: 2009-09-11 (Friday 
    * l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 freeze date: 2009-09-14 (Monday) 
    * Release builds start: 2009-09-15 (Tuesday) 
    * Estimated release date: 2009-09-22 (Tuesday) 

These dates have the following goals: 

    * All code-related work should ideally be done by the slushy code 
      freeze date 
    * The firm code freeze date will be for fixing the remaining 
      blocker bugs and bugs that have release driver approval (beta4 
      release driver is Mark Banner, Standard8 on IRC) 
    * The l10n-mozilla-1.9.1 date would be the last time by which we 
      would accept changes in localizations 

The most obvious change for localizers (compared to the previous beta 
releases) is that we removed the slushy string freeze. We felt that 
the slushy string freeze caused more confusion than was necessary. 
As a trade-off we have added additional time between the firm string 
freeze and the l10n-cutoff date, to make it easier for localizers to 
get their locales in shape. 

Frco. Javier Rial Rodríguez                                                    
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