Today you’ll make history with Firefox

This arrived in my inbox this morning,

Download Day is now on with an attempt on a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours. Unfortunately there was a bit of a false start this morning as the Mozilla sites have been plagued by outages, presumably due to the insane amount of traffic they are getting. To make matters worse, the download site carried the old v2.0.0.14 for a while, but as I type this it has finally been fixed and the download link is working!

If you’re keen to grab a slick new version of Firefox, click through to download Firefox 3.0 – you have until 6:16am NZST on Thursday to download and be counted in the record attempt.

For a sneak peek at new features check out Mozilla’s Firefox Features page.



With just one hour left to go in Download Day, I think Mozilla will see it as nothing short of a spectacular response to their fine work. What were they hoping for? This from the FAQ at,

Do we have to reach a specific number of downloads in order to set the record?
This is the first record attempt of its kind so there is no set number. We’d really like to outdo the number of Firefox 2 downloads on its launch day, which was 1.6 million. Let’s shoot for 5 million–the sky is the limit!

Five million – an ambitious target perhaps. Until you see the live download counter that is (load and wait a minute or so) which currently shows in excess of 7.8 million downloads,

and earlier I saw that download rate (the figure in red) push over 11,000/minute! If you downloaded Firefox 3, you’re also being encouraged to “flaunt it” by grabbing yourself a certificate here. The Mozilla folks certainly know how to have fun!

Kudos Mozilla. You guys rock.


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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