Firefox download record official

Mozilla has officially made history with a new Guinness world record for the largest number of software downloads in a 24-hour period. The final record breaking 8,002,530 downloads for Firefox 3.0 took place in June with parties in over 25 countries. "The enthusiasm and creativity of Firefox fans was key to making this happen" said Marketing head Paul Kim. Gareth Deaves of Guinness World Records called it "an extremely impressive accomplishment".

The official figure was confirmed after logs from download servers were audited and checked to ensure duplicate and unfinished downloads were not counted. Mr Kim told the BBC: "The notion of going for a world record, as gooky and nutty as it may have sounded, was a really sticky idea. "It was an idea that translated really well across national borders and to all different kinds of people around the world."

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I gotta wonder if Paul Kim really said "The notion of going for a world record, as gooky and nutty as it may have sounded, was a really sticky idea."

Well, if the results really mean that 8,002,530 individual users saw fit to download and use FF3, then congratulations.

(Shiranui said @ #18)
Well, if the results really mean that 8,002,530 individual users saw fit to download and use FF3, then congratulations.

In 24 hours.
Till today more than 28 million...

Even if only half are actually individual users (although some people download from proxies or copy from their friends, and let's not forget IT people downloading once and sharing...) it's still impressive...

Meaningless marketing stunt. I wonder how many lamers will actually print out that pathetic personal certificate.

Excuse me troll. I happen to have been one of those people. Does Opera have a world record or a fancy certificate? Noooo, so stop trolling please.

(GEIST said @ #17)
Meaningless marketing stunt. I wonder how many lamers will actually print out that pathetic personal certificate. :p

There was a personal certificate? Interesting.

That's weird, I figured everyone forgot about this already.

Considering how easily Microsoft could beat Mozilla in a "download race" this is far from impressive. But, what the heck, way to go Mozilla, a few people fell for your publicity stunt, YAY

(C_Guy said @ #1)
That's weird, I figured everyone forgot about this already.

Considering how easily Microsoft could beat Mozilla in a "download race" this is far from impressive. But, what the heck, way to go Mozilla, a few people fell for your publicity stunt, YAY :wacko:

My sentiments exactly!!

well they failed with IE7 ( see comment 8.5 ) Lets wait and see how they manage with IE8, bearing in mind also Mozilla were not counting any auto update downloads in the record.

(yakumo said @ #16.2)
well they failed with IE7 ( see comment 8.5 ) Lets wait and see how they manage with IE8, bearing in mind also Mozilla were not counting any auto update downloads in the record.

+1
other thing MS does not ask people to download but they force the people to get it, buy it.

(GreyWolfSC said @ #14)
Did they count how many people went back and downloaded 2.x after trying 3.0?

i never went back, in start every things is same. then they improve it

Sweet, the record is going to help reduce pollution, end world hunger and bring world peace. Rejoice. Seriously, while I congratulate them on the record, too many people are over-hyping it. In a week/month, no one is going to care ROFL.

totally skewing off topic here, but WTF is that new firefox cartoon logo? it's awful, as was the bizarre "welcome to v3" start page. The old logo was nice, this makes it look like a product for the under 10's

Exactly. I know I already removed it. It was crashing a lot. Probably the worst browser Ive used since IE4 in terms of stability. All other versions prior to this have been very stable. I had no extensions going either so thats not the problem.
Back to Opera for me for now.

Just FYI: If you're using Kaspersky, that's the problem. It's an incompatibility with the program, so if you use the AutoRuns utility and uncheck the mzvkbd.dll file (a Kaspersky file), you'll be fine. I haven't had a single crash since I did that. Kaspersky is working on an update to fix this issue.

(plan-9 said @ #9.1)
Exactly. I know I already removed it. It was crashing a lot. Probably the worst browser Ive used since IE4 in terms of stability. All other versions prior to this have been very stable. I had no extensions going either so thats not the problem.
Back to Opera for me for now.

I've downloaded it and installed it on five different computing environments (Win32, Linux x86, Linux AMD64, Mac OS X PPC, and Mac OS X x86). I've yet to see it crash once. It's been pretty damn stable all this time.

Firefox 3 is big improvement in terms of performance.
However ... the whole record thing is just sad :\

Count the number of IE7 downloads upon release, you'll easily break this record.
(And don't whine on how MS uses Windows Update for this.. FF does has an autoupdater..)

While I'm forced to agree with what I see as the spirit of your post, that this is more marketing than genuine event. The point remains that a 8 million users base is a good indicator that Firefox has entered the mainstream, if you will.

(Antaris said @ #8.1)
Well, actually they were only counting downloads from the website, not the update manager. Impressive feat really.

Exactly.

And I think IE wouldn't have more downloads in 24 hours.
It doesn't have the FF hardcore fans who downloaded it ASAP.
People like to wait with Microsoft a day or two to see that everything is OK...

Some actually wait til the SP1 of a product...

(MMaster23 said @ #8)
Firefox 3 is big improvement in terms of performance.
However ... the whole record thing is just sad :

Count the number of IE7 downloads upon release, you'll easily break this record.
(And don't whine on how MS uses Windows Update for this.. FF does has an autoupdater..)

From the IE7 Release blog : "IE7 Hits the Street" - http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/10/2...the-street.aspx

"In the first four days over three million of you have already downloaded the final release. "

Sorry, not so 'easily' it seems.

also the FF download record did not include the auto updates.

(yakumo said @ #8.5)
also the FF download record did not include the auto updates.

That's because Firefox 2.x and 1.x didn't auto-update to Firefox 3.x. during Download Day. Their server hamsters were working overtime as it was, and those little suckers can only run so fast.

(Dave said @ #8.2)
While I'm forced to agree with what I see as the spirit of your post, that this is more marketing than genuine event. The point remains that a 8 million users base is a good indicator that Firefox has entered the mainstream, if you will.

There's quite a difference between a number of downloads and a user base.

good rendering engine... interface is sooo messy hehe... better mem usesage tho.... 8 mill.. wow.... thats impressive by any count!