Tor-related work completed by the Pearl Crescent team in January 2016
(Kathy Brade and Mark Smith):
* Tor Browser Updater:
We fixed a few bugs related to the new "display changelog after update"
feature that is part of Tor Browser 5.5:
"Changelog after update is empty if JS is disabled" (unresolved)
"Changelog after update is empty on Windows"
"Update on non-en-US alpha bundles results in empty dialog"
We also got involved in the discussion within this Firefox bug:
"Firefox updates should use HTTP because HTTPS is unreliable"
(it no longer looks like Mozilla will switch away from HTTPS without
carefully considering the consequences).
* Tor Browser and Torbutton:
We helped with the 5.5 and 6.0a1 Tor Browser releases.
We investigated and developed a fix for a critical website compatibility
regression that we introduced in Tor Browser 5.5:
"Iframe based AJAX call blocked by popup-blocker or opening
in new tab"
We developed a patch for another regression that was introduced a while ago:
"about:tor update arrow position is wrong (Retina and zoom)"
We continued to work on changes to the on-disk layout of the Tor Browser
app on Mac OS to meet Apple's code signing requirements (work in progress):
"Tor Browser on OS X should not store data into the
We triaged various tickets.
We reviewed many patches created by other developers, including for
tickets #16322, 17931, 17965, 18017, and 18099.
* Tor Launcher:
We published and then revised our patches that make changes to the
configuration wizard user experience. These changes are included in
"setup wizard UI flow improvements"
We investigated a spurious error message that was introduced by the
above changes and filed the following ticket:
"attempt to open a socket after DisableNetwork=1 transition"
We also reviewed a fix for #18113 and triaged various Tor Launcher bugs.
* Miscellaneous Activities:
We participated in the weekly Tor Browser and app team meetings
on IRC, and in various design discussions on IRC as well as on
the mailing lists.
* Planned for February:
- Revise the on-disk layout of the Tor Browser app on Mac OS
to meet Apple's code signing requirements (see #13252).
- Assist with Tor Browser 5.5.x maintenance.
* As Time Permits:
- Work with UX researchers to ensure that their Tor Launcher
research is productive. See the discussions on the UX
mailing list or visit:
- Assist with backporting of patches to the Firefox ESR 45 codebase
and with the other work related to ESR 45. See:
- Work on other Tor Browser, Tor Launcher, and Torbutton usability
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