[tor-reports] Pearl Crescent Report – February 2015

Mark Smith mcs at pearlcrescent.com
Mon Mar 2 16:34:13 UTC 2015

Tor-related work that the Pearl Crescent team did in February
(Kathy Brade and Mark Smith):

* Firefox Updater for Tor Browser:

We tested the updaters that are included in Tor Browser 4.0.4 and 4.5a4.

We assisted with a couple of tickets:
   "Download missing MAR files for incrementals"

   "Log certificate if there is an error while checking for updates"

* Tor Browser and Torbutton:

We spent some time discussing the results from the recent UX Sprint 
event and reviewed the usability problems that are covered by existing 
and newly-filed tickets.

We helped with bug triage, code reviews, and worked on various fixes.

Tickets that we fixed for Tor Browser 4.5a4:
   "Tor Browser 4.0 make use of the updater and stop directing users to

   "Write Firefox patch for removing third-party HTTP auth. tokens"

Interesting tickets for which we did code reviews:
   "Torbutton's browsing history pref requires restart"

   "TBB new identity surprises users by closing all tabs"

   "Circuit display fails to show new bridge settings"

Other interesting tickets that we worked on (more to do):
   "Tor Browser Script can't be launched from desktop"

   "Create preference to disable MathML"

   "Users that try to run from DMG files run into "Another copy of
    Firefox is running" (awaiting review)

* Tor Launcher:

We spent some time on bug triage and usability improvements.
Tickets that we fixed for Tor Browser 4.5a4:
   "Can we reverse the order on Tor Browsers' network
    connection questions"

   "Disappearing Back/Next buttons on first Tor Launcher screen"

Other interesting Tor Launcher tickets that we worked on:
   "Tor Launcher should have accessibility support."

   "Improve error message 'Connecting to a relay directory failed (no
    route to host).'"

* We participated in the weekly Tor Browser dev meetings on IRC and
   in various design discussions on IRC and on the mailing lists.

* Planned for March 2015:
     - Fix various tickets, do code reviews, etc. for Tor Browser 4.5.

     - Address any updater issues that occur in the field and work
       to improve the updater user experience.

     - Make some progress on design and implementation for:
         "Implement update verification via Tor consensus in Tor Browser"

     - Look at additional Tor Browser, Tor Launcher, and Torbutton issues
       that were exposed during the UX Sprint.

     - Assist with getting Tor Browser patches merged into Firefox
       for the upcoming ESR 38 release.

     - Learn what happened at the Valencia Tor dev meeting and follow up
       on issues.

Mark Smith
Pearl Crescent

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