The orderly transition will happen like this:
- The home page, blog and Tenderapp end-user support will remain at the same locations until there is a reason to change.
- This Saturday, 23 March, all aurora or beta releases (i.e., with an "a" or "b" in their version number) will be deleted from Google Code, along with all retracted releases. Changesets will remain; only the binaries will be expunged. This should buy us enough space to get to 24, the expected next ESR and stable release. If you want these binaries, you must grab them by Friday. The only exception will be 4.0b7 and b8, simply for nostalgia.
- All 17.x stable releases and unstable releases through 22 inclusive will still be uploaded to Google Code as usual, using the space freed up above. I'm pretty confident we'll make it to 24ESR, so I'm going to proceed with that assumption (if we turn out to drop parity sooner, substitute that version for "24" in what follows). Starting with 24 aurora and 24 beta, these releases will be uploaded to Sourceforge, and the expected 24ESR stable branch (and subsequent unstable releases) will be offered only from Sourceforge. The final release of 17 will also be on Sourceforge for posterity. Development on Google Code will cease completely at that time and all links to it will be removed.
- During the migration to 24ESR, all open issues will be reviewed for relevancy and likelihood of repair. Open issues judged irrelevant and/or unlikely to be fixed will be closed. Other open issues will be reopened at Sourceforge and relevant context transplanted if possible, and then closed on Google Code.
- Existing wiki release notes will remain at Google Code indefinitely until Google Code declines to maintain the project's files, whenever that is. At that time, they will become permanently unavailable as I don't see any reason to transfer these to the new project. However, currently maintained wiki entries such as the FAQ, build instructions, etc., will be rewritten on Sourceforge during the transition to 24ESR, and all release notes for 24+ will only be on Sourceforge.
- Remaining archived stable and unstable releases will remain at Google Code indefinitely until Google Code declines to maintain the project's files, whenever that is. At that time, I'll have to decide whether it's worth putting them somewhere else, but until then the files will remain available from there.
In other news, the 20 port is very nice. You'll get to play with it in a little under two weeks. Besides further improvements to graphics performance, plus WebRTC and user media, you'll also enjoy the new downloads interface which is now finally default and judged ready for primetime. Mozilla continues to concentrate on improving throughput and it's definitely paying off.
Anyway, I think this little experience with Google Code goes to show that everything is only worth what you pay for it. Watch for more news here as we meet transition milestones.