Firefox 3 downloads hit 8 million despite server crash

By on June 18, 2008, 3:47 PM
Mozilla yesterday became a victim of its own PR stunt as millions of eager users crashed the company’s servers 15 minutes before the scheduled release time for Firefox 3. Despite the initial hiccup, however, they recovered and managed to deliver more than 8 million copies of the popular open source browser in a 24 hour period.

Mozilla will make the record books for the most software downloaded in one day, seeing as the category is new and there’s really no Guinness World Record to beat, but the 8 million download number is still a notable achievement.

There’s a big difference between just downloading Firefox 3 and actually making it your primary browser, but (very) early statistics show the browser is spreading fast. According to Net Applications, which monitors browser usage at major websites, Firefox 3 claimed more than 4 percent share of web browser usage less than 24 hours after its release.

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Eddie_42 said:
8 I love Firefox. Recommend it to everyone I see that doesn't already have it. Now if the theme I use will get updated (3rd party) life will be super.
windmill007 said:
I have to admit I never really liked Firefox but decided to give it another shot. I don't know if its the new version or what but it is awesome. Very fast and with ad block plus it keeps the annoying ads away. The ads have become worse as of late on IE as they will just start and pop out or rollover everywhere. I think I have been converted. Now I guess I need to start trying a Linux version. I think I might try Ubuntu with KDE as I did try the gnome but didn't like it.
geforce8400gs said:
The Linux version of Firefox 2 is horrible, it rendered blocky text way to small. I think you have to install the Microsoft TrueType core fonts. I don't know about Firefox 3 for Linux.
siiix said:
i use firefox 3 for long time and i'm MEGA UNHAPPY with it, in fact because i'm so unhappy i downloaded safari and opera as well , i experiment with browser will be better but i have to say they all are worst function wise then the previous versions, maybe security is better , but what happened to functions ?! i really hate where this is heading
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