Mozilla’s Firefox 3.0 claims desired world record
According to Mozilla, Firefox 3 reached 1.6 million downloads by early Tuesday evening. The Web site saw almost 9,000 copies of the free, open-source software downloaded every minute in the opening hours of its availability.
The release of Firefox 3 kicked off Download Day, the Mozilla community’s campaign to set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours.
Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at JupiterResearch, is not surprised at the download numbers, since Mozilla has been pushing the new version heavily for months. “Mozilla certainly threw a nice stunt and Firefox 3 is very good browsing technology,” he said. “Most users, though, are not going to see dramatic differences from what they were using before.”