It is with great pleasure that we are launching this new blog dedicated to Firefox Nightly, Nightly users and getting involved in Firefox and Mozilla contribution through Nightly.
Firefox Nightly is the earliest development stage of Firefox, rebuilt every night from the latest code produced by Mozilla. It is literally a glimpse of what the Future of Firefox will be.
Of course, this is not software meant to be used by the general public, its user base consists of developers, testers and power users that love to live on the bleeding edge of technology. They accept that some features may be unfinished, that the product has bugs or occasionally suffers from regressions that would not happen with a regular version of Firefox.
Today, tens of thousands of people use Nightly either as their main browser or as their secondary browser. That’s a lot but, ideally, we would be a lot more people using Nightly, reporting our bugs and crashes and generally speaking providing a healthy feedback loop to developers. The better the quality on Nightly, the greatest will be Firefox for the hundreds of millions of people that use Firefox to access and control their online life.
We intend this blog to be a stable point of information about what happens on Nightly, what features or core technologies landed, how Nightly users can help Mozilla fix bugs and regressions and more generally how a tech-savvy person can move from being a consumer of Firefox to a contributor of Firefox.
The initial team of writers for this blog is comprised of Marcia Knous and Pascal Chevrel from the Release Management team, and Jean-Yves Perrier from the MDN team. Three Mozilla old-timers and community builders. But this blog is also open to guest writers: Developers landing a feature and that may want to present it, Quality Assurance testers willing to explain how to report a bug or find a regression range, community members that want to relate their experience promoting Nightly in their region… You are all welcome here and can contact me (pascal AT mozilla DOT com) if you want to write content or help promote Nightly to the technical crowd.
Are you a power user and not a Firefox Nightly user yet? Then visit our download page and download it for your platform. This page only lists English (en-US) builds for desktop, we actually have the same builds available in many languages on our FTP site and yes, reporting typos or mistranslations in Nightly is also useful for our quality!
Pascal Chevrel for the Nightly Boosters team