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Firefox Goes for World Download Record

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the record-for-the-lamest-marketing-campaign dept.

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Kelson writes "For the upcoming release of Firefox, Mozilla is preparing Download Day 2008: a campaign to set a world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. Participants are asked to pledge to download Firefox 3 on the day that it's launched. The exact date hasn't been scheduled yet, but everything seems on track for June."

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Perhaps not the cleverest plan... (5, Funny)

Apatharch (796324) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584415)

Are they trying to kill their own servers or what?

Re:Perhaps not the cleverest plan... (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584475)

This seems silly. Why waste the bandwidth? I use apt-get. I don't want to download something just to send it to the bin.

Oh, yeah, and the new comment system sucks.

Re:Perhaps not the cleverest plan... (5, Insightful)

QuantumPete (1247776) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584647)

It's like inviting a DDOS attack. I suppose it has the dual merit of setting world record and testing their server capacity.

Beowulf clusters (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584805)

Speaking of download servers;

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these babies NOT crashing under the load.

Yeah, I know, I know, clustering download servers isn't the best way to do a server farm but this is slashdot.

Re:Perhaps not the cleverest plan... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585131)

This reminds me of the story of a man who found himself in possession of tickets to the World Series. Instead of auctioning them off, he decided to sell them for $150 each to the first person to send him an email to his corporate account at 2:17 pm. He printed flyers and handed them out to everyone he knew. At the stroke of 2:17, guess what happened? The corporate email server went down after receiving over 800 emails in less than one second.

Patch Tuesday (5, Interesting)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584439)

What's the current record? I'd expect MS service packs to set a pretty high bar. Also, how are they counting? If Debian get Firefox 3 through into testing on the day (which I doubt), would an install via aptitude count, or are they only counting direct downloads from Mozilla?

Re:Patch Tuesday (2, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584451)

Probably as in previous download counts, they are only counting downloads from Mozilla. As for Microsoft service packs, should a patch really count?

Re:Patch Tuesday (4, Insightful)

Simon (S2) (600188) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584483)

As for Microsoft service packs, should a patch really count?
They are Software. So if they want to set a world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours of course service packs count.

Re:Patch Tuesday (5, Funny)

Crock23A (1124275) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584455)

I bet WOW patches are high ranking.

Re:Patch Tuesday (3, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584521)

I bet WOW patches are high ranking.
I bet not. How many Windows users are there? What percentage of those Windows users play WOW? (Hint: it's probably not even a majority.)

Re:Patch Tuesday (5, Funny)

EvilRyry (1025309) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584627)

Yes, but people _need_ to download the WoW patches as soon as they come out to continue to feed their addictive whereas Windows users are usually (or should be) scared to download the newest service pack when it first comes out.

Re:Patch Tuesday (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584867)

Actually, we can guess at this number pretty well. WoW currently has around 10 million users. So the number of daily downloads is going to be less than 10 million, but obviously greater than zero. So there you go, somewhere between zero and 10 million. We don't need your fancy percentages here.

Re:Patch Tuesday (1)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585047)

But not all 10 million get patches on the same day...a lot of localizations, so they all wouldn't download within 24 hours.

Re:Patch Tuesday (3, Interesting)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584531)

I would suspect "software downloads" would imply an independent application and not a patch or a service pack. I'm sure they have their servers prepared to get Slashdotted and Digged, etc for the marketing event. Though I wonder why Microsoft with it's money couldn't hire a marketing firm to think up something savvy like that for Internet Explorer.

It would also be a great opportunity to promote bittorent as a mass downloading medium. Too bad it doesn't seem to be in the plan.

Not the goal (2, Interesting)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584977)

It would also be a great opportunity to promote bittorent as a mass downloading medium. Too bad it doesn't seem to be in the plan.

Could they track the number of downloads if they used bittorrent? Also, if their goal is a record number of downloads for Firefox, do they want to set up an additional hurdle for people? "First, you have to download and install one of these other programs. No wait, we can explain why. Come back."

Re:Patch Tuesday (4, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585141)

Bittorent doesn't allow for tracking downloads. It's one of the things that really holds it back for general use for a lot of companies. For example, a lot of internet TV shows would LOVE to use bittorent to reduce their download overhead (which is HUGE), but how are they supposed to determine their "ratings" if they're not sure how many donwloads they've had? They used to talk a lot about this over at DLTV [dl.tv].

Re:Patch Tuesday (2, Informative)

manwal (648106) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584561)

Anything goes; there is currently no world record in this category.

Re:Patch Tuesday (5, Informative)

pablomme (1270790) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585155)

Yup. They say they're going for 5M downloads. Firefox 2 got 1.6M on its first day. Says so here [spreadfirefox.com]

Re:Patch Tuesday (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584589)

would an install via aptitude count, or are they only counting direct downloads from Mozilla?

You're talking debian so the count would be random number based!

Re:Patch Tuesday (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584709)

What's the current record? I'd expect MS service packs to set a pretty high bar.

That and viruses/malware probably. Hmmm, I'm repeating what you said, sorry.

Re:Patch Tuesday (1)

Sturdy (1297351) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584759)

One would think, but they actually roll their service packs out in stages for the initial release of service packs, so in theory, there is no real peak for those downloads.

I pledge not to download it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584463)


if it includes the mother of all UI mistakes

the "awesome bar" that turns a location bar into another search thingy (making 2 search things on the interface)

so now after years of the user learing the location bar is the location bar and how it behaves thats going to be all thrown out and the user will have to learn that actually its a location bar AND a search bar not to be confused with the search bar which is to the right of the search/location bar confused yet ?

seriously its one of the worst UI/usability mistakes ive seen from Mozilla yet
so until they get rid of it or make it optional, ill stick with 2.x or Opera or Safari or IE

Re:I pledge not to download it (5, Insightful)

anboni (1000474) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584557)

You clearly haven't worked with Fx3 yet. At first I was skeptical about the new smart bookmarks and address bar, but now that I've used it for a month or two (starting with beta 2) I'm quite pleased with it. The address bar basically does exactly the same as it always has, except now it actually does an on the fly substring search in your history instead of just giving an arbitrarily sorted list of previously visited sites. I would dare say this is one of the biggest improvements to the web browsing experience in the last several years.

Re:I pledge not to download it (4, Informative)

netsharc (195805) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584725)

And something Opera [opera.com] invented first! (Among other things like tabbed browsing, mouse gestures in a browser, a zoom feature that also resizes images, etc, etc.). And Opera 9.50 even searches the contents of pages you have visited for more WIN.

Re:I pledge not to download it (1)

nem75 (952737) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584883)

And something Opera [opera.com] invented first!

Well, it's rather hard to invent something second.

To stay on topic though the suggestions for URL completion take ages to appear in Opera, at least on my system, while FF3 is blazing fast in that regard. Rendering time, Opera still rules of course.

Re:I pledge not to download it (1)

OolimPhon (1120895) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585095)

Well, it's rather hard to invent something second.

Well, most people who submit patents to the USPTO don't seem to think so.

Re:I pledge not to download it (2, Funny)

tobiasly (524456) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584905)

And something Opera [opera.com] invented first! (Among other things like tabbed browsing, mouse gestures in a browser, a zoom feature that also resizes images, etc, etc.). And Opera 9.50 even searches the contents of pages you have visited for more WIN.

Hehe, Opera fans are the Browser War equivalent of "Frist P0st!". Not really adding anything, just making sure everyone knows: We had that feature first! No, look at us! Over here!

If Opera has so many great features so far ahead of everyone else, why is its usage still somewhere around 1% on a good day? If Opera can figure that out, maybe they'd get somewhere.

Re:I pledge not to download it (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585071)

ya, and by the same logic, if firefox is so damn good, why does the IE has 75% marketshare.

captcha: divisive

Opera publicity? (5, Insightful)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585119)

If Opera has so many great features so far ahead of everyone else, why is its usage still somewhere around 1% on a good day? If Opera can figure that out, maybe they'd get somewhere.

Maybe they need more silly publicity stunts like this one.

Re:I pledge not to download it (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584939)

And in soviet russia, your browser might be spying on you.

Don't know, can't see the source, who knows what motivation they have.

*Ding.

Re:I pledge not to download it (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584979)

Actually, I recall from previous discussions that tabbed browsing existed before Opera.
But it's a nice, though quite unused piece of software. Firefox has won me over thanks to its great extendability.

Re:I pledge not to download it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585067)

Seriously, I thought Opera was great, but for some reason, I only remember Opera as the only browser somebody ever tried to charge me for.

Since then, I always thought, why would I pay for some additional features that may never use, and that could be added to some other versions of free browsers.

Re:I pledge not to download it (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585209)

Netscape cost me money.

I needed the "Deluxe" edition to get a dialer to connect to the internet with Windows 3.x

Re:I pledge not to download it (3, Interesting)

Zebedeu (739988) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584851)

A not only history, it also searches your bookmarks, which is something that I've always wondered why it wasn't implemented before.

Now you don't have to navigate your deep bookmark folders for that link, just start typing the name and it appears directly under your cursor.

Re:I pledge not to download it (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584999)

I would dare say this is one of the biggest improvements to the web browsing experience in the last several years.
unless of course you already used Opera or even Internet Explorer. Both have had this features for quite a while, in this case FF is sadly playing catchup.

Re:I pledge not to download it (3, Insightful)

Tychon (771855) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585097)

Actually, I've been using Fx3 since beta1. I still am not really keen on the thing. Unless I make sure to keep my bookmarks and history trimmed down, it freezes my system for a few seconds as it trudges through things. This is irritating, especially when I was just wanting to type in an address real quick and not have possible matches pulled up. It consumes more time in searching for possible results than it saves me in typing.

Some way of reverting to the old functionality would be nice.

Re:I pledge not to download it (4, Informative)

Fallus Shempus (793462) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584585)

Weird, I have the release candidate, you know you can still actually use as a location bar and ignore the search, it still drops down and give suggestions of previously typed in URLs

Don't see the problem

Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (4, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584471)

Since presumably my Firefox 2 will bug me to update to 3 as soon as it's released?

Not to disparage Mozilla, but lately it seems like they've been a mite too concerned with press releases. They should release when it's ready, and we'll get it when we think it's ready. What's the big rush?

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (1)

jeiler (1106393) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584537)

hey should release when it's ready, and we'll get it when we think it's ready.
Ditto that--and AC's complaint about the asshat, I mean, the "awesome" bar.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584645)

Ditto that--and AC's complaint about the asshat, I mean, the "awesome" bar.

I have a vague recollection of getting hammered at the Awesome Bar one night.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (2, Funny)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584871)

I have a vague recollection of getting hammered at the Asshat bar one night. Woke up with a sore arse.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585045)

And some dashing new headgear?

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584801)

I'm actually not sure if Firefox 2 will automatically update to Firefox 3. For one, Firefox 3 doesn't support older OSes like Windows 98, ME, and OS X 10.3.9. I'm sure the update manager can sense this though so maybe it's not a big deal. Secondly, Firefox 3 is slightly visually different, I'm not sure if they want to force it on users until they're ready.

Press = good (5, Insightful)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584947)

Not to disparage Mozilla, but lately it seems like they've been a mite too concerned with press releases.

I think this is a cool idea. There are still lots of people who don't know there are other browsers in existence; when they open IE they say they're opening "the internet." Anything that makes the news and makes them aware of alternate browsers is good - especially if it's "hey this thing is really popular." For many people, that's the best argument for trying it.

Mozilla seems to have done pretty well by harnessing the power of fanatic users so far - remember the big newspaper ads? And check out the "pledge map" on the site. Think how proud you'd be to see that you're one of a very few people in your country who has pledged to download it. Kind of a mix of national pride and geek pride.

Every web developer's dream is a world where all users have more standards-compliant browsers, and IE is forced to follow suit. I say hooray for almost anything that makes that closer to reality.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (2, Insightful)

tobiasly (524456) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584955)

Not to disparage Mozilla, but lately it seems like they've been a mite too concerned with press releases. They should release when it's ready, and we'll get it when we think it's ready. What's the big rush?

Press releases, viral marketing, and publicity stunts like this are a big reason why worldwide Firefox market share is somewhere in the 30% range. Yeah, you've gotta have a solid product to begin with, but more open source projects would do well to emulate Mozilla's marketing and branding accomplishments.

Also, your post implies that Firefox will somehow be rushed out the door before it's ready, but if you've been following along you know that's very far from correct. Even the "download pledge" page says they don't know the date yet.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584993)

Since presumably my Firefox 2 will bug me to update to 3 as soon as it's released?

I trow not.

Firefox 1.5.x did not bug users when 2.0 was released, if my memory serves me right.

Re:Why would I have to "pledge" anything? (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585099)

I can't remember Firefox 1 pushing to install Firefox 2. You kept having updates as 1.x, but never insisted to move to Firefox 2. So I don't know where did you get that idea from. (Perhaps my Firefox 1 was broken?)

followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584481)

because many popular plugins are not 3.0 ready :-(

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (4, Informative)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584595)

I would say that's untrue at this point. del.icio.us released their updated version, Web Developer, noscript, adblock and firebug is on FF3. In fact, I'd say most popular plugins have made the move.

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (3, Informative)

at_slashdot (674436) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584679)

Who cares about "popular" plugins, the point is that the plugins that _I_ need don't work. For example Google Sync.

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (2, Informative)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584827)

Then use the Nightly Tester Tool plugin to force it to work. Plugins will only work natively in Firefox 3 if the developer specifically typed that version in. I'm running Firefox RC1 at the moment and every plugin I need, large and small, works. Not all out of the box, but with Nightly Tester Tools, I can enable them and force them to work. As long as they're not dependent on an API that changed, which could be likely depending on the plugin, they will work.

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (1)

AikonMGB (1013995) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584893)

Who cares about "popular" plugins, the point is that the plugins that _I_ need don't work. For example Google Sync.
[...], Gmail Manager, Password Generator, [...]

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (1)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585179)

Gmail Manager updated last night. It works with 3.0 now.

(Which made me a happy, happy geek)

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (1)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585185)

Oops, Sorry, I just checked, it's Gmail Notifier that I rely on so much, not Manager.

Nothing to see here....

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585229)

I just wish someone would update Slashdotter [mozilla.org]. Between Firefox 3 and Taco feeling the need to change Slashdot's layout on a daily basis, Slashdotter has become flaky as hell.

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (1)

willisachimp (732995) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584727)

Slightly off-topic, but if you get the Nightly Tester Tools plugin, you can over-ride the version restrictions on plugins. I've found most of them to work perfectly fine with FF3.

Re:followed by most rollbacks to version 2... (2, Interesting)

nem75 (952737) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584951)

How the hell is this "+5 Interesting"? There are roughly a gazillion of FF2 extensions out there, many of them have not been actively developed anymore for months or longer. So of course many (I'd rather say most) are not available for FF3 yet - and will probably never be.

The core extensions (yes, the definition of that term varies from user to user, I'm aware of that - but only to a point) are available though. Like Adblock Plus, Download Statusbar etc.

Others are available for FF3 from the developer's homepage only and cannot be found on the Mozilla site yet, e.g. because the extension itself is still beta. See Firebug for instance.

Anyway, I don't see that massive rollback happening.

The entire dell call center. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584487)

The entire dell call center will be pulling its weight from Figi. With all Seven of their computers downloading it at the same time!

big deal. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584511)

... these are the same idiots that thought that a beta of windows vista was the single largest software download: http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/06/windows-vista-for-guinness-world.html [blogspot.com]

show of hands: who downloaded a linux dvd iso larger than 3.5 gigabytes before vista beta was released? ... and apparently there is no "world record" to break anyway: http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2008/05/mozillas-latest-firefox-launch.html [internetnews.com]

and, are they not going to consider the millions of copies of, say, internet explorer 7, downloaded the first day it was forced through as an automatic update? or how many downloads of itunes are there in a day when apple _requires_ an update?

Yeah! (5, Funny)

SpanishInquisition0 (1297663) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584533)

Go for the record Mozilla! If you get it, you might even get a place right next to the Most Marshmallows Stuffed Into A Person's Mouth record!

"Stuff that matters" (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584817)

Spam your friends, useless news which doesn't matter, omg lets get lots of hits for mozillas download page! Who needs missions to mars and particle colliders when we have awesome news like this!?!

this FP for GnAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584549)

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Timing question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584555)

How long will it take to get into the Ubuntu Hardy repos? And even if it's there on day 1, does apt-get upgrade even count?

I'm not committing to anything. (3, Insightful)

artifex2004 (766107) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584607)

I'm not getting the release until I know for sure it won't crash hard on my Macs, like the beta I tried did. And that it won't delete my cookies, like the beta did.

I'd really like to see continued support for the old style of searching in the url bar, too, but I doubt that will happen. And the new look is just uglier.

Re:I'm not committing to anything. (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584969)

Chicken. ;)

Why don't you download and try it?

The new bugs and memory leaks are half the fun with Firefox.

Pledges by country (1)

davros-too (987732) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584641)

Currently USA way ahead followed by Japan, Spain then Poland. Not really the top four I would have guessed.

Don't fall for the communist tricks. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584649)

Completely opposite to the ideals of capitalism, those swines are trying to topple the world order with their no-cost merchandise.

However, few can say that Firefox is a software which you shouldn't own a copy of. Let's show them that enterpreunist powers rule with a firm iron hand and instead of criminally downloading a free version, buy a CD version of firefox on that particular day.

Great Idea! (1, Insightful)

IAmAI (961807) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584687)

I think this a great way for Mozilla to publicise Firefox and increase its market share. And I pledged, of course. I look forward to Firefox 3.

Why should we? (2, Interesting)

greenpete (1295397) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584689)

I have used Firefox for a few years and love it's potential. But it has always been buggy and I was forced into v3 when I updated Ubuntu recently and I think it's got worse! It crashes more now, they have changed features that I loved (like the way you save U/N and P/W) and on top of that most of my plugins don't work anymore :-(

100% turn out from north Korea (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584691)

Look, all 18 computer uses have pledged.

Re:100% turn out from north Korea (2, Funny)

SpanishInquisition0 (1297663) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584719)

Personally, I was more shocked when I saw that Africa actually had computers at all.

Re:100% turn out from north Korea (2, Informative)

mollymoo (202721) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584811)

Yeah, it's amazing how Mark Shuttleworth made billions in IT and started the most popular Linux distribution without even having a computer.

Why calling for a special participation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584733)

when they'd just wait for the Slashdot effect to proceed ?

Biassed map (0)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584745)

On the map you can see how many people have pledged and colors are on how many people do this. These colors and numbers mean absolutely nothing. At least it should be compared to the amount of people living in a country. If 10.000.000 people do a download in the USofA, this will mean less then the same in Belgium, where it will mean that each and every person has pledged to download it.

Even better would be to have it linked to internet connections, people who are actually able to download it, number of computers or anything similar.

Only the windows downloads (5, Insightful)

poeidon1 (767457) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584751)

will be counted most probably. I dont know of many linux users who download directly from mozilla website. Most would use a package from their distribution which generally is not available on the same day (and even if it is, how will they count those downloads).

Re:Only the windows downloads (1)

mariushm (1022195) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585161)

They'll probably count how many times the home page that shows when Firefox starts for the first time is loaded.

"The worst PR is no PR." (5, Insightful)

Sturdy (1297351) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584777)

If they set a record - they'll be in the news.

If they are so successful that the servers go down temporarily - they'll definitely be in the news.

As you can see, just submitting the idea has put them in the news. This is a great idea for a company with growing market share.

Re:"The worst PR is no PR." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585091)

uhm. raise an hand who on slashdot doesn't know about firefox.

I'll pledge to download Opera (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584795)

on my T3 line, constantly for 24hrs... :-)

Thanks but no thanks. Firefox sucks..

What is the point of this? (1, Insightful)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584841)

This might be the most senseless Guinness record ever, and that says a lot. It's measure of nothing. It's not even a measure of Firefox's popularity. Because bulk of the download counts will be generated via some downloading scripts. Even they allow one download per IP, there are proxies. Number of downloads won't nearly equal the number of PEOPLE who downloaded Firefox that day.

I mean it can't go down in the books as Firefox was downloaded by 2 million people on that day. Maybe 2 million times, out of which half was generated by 300,000 download scripts. I am not sure about you but to me that doesn't sound all that impressive.

It won't even helps spread firefox that much, as all the pledged downloadees will be firefox users.

Entirely pointless!
Possibly the only more pointless thing that this is my rather elaborate rant against it.

Make a big circle with a big marker. (5, Funny)

BForrester (946915) | more than 5 years ago | (#23584889)

I'm marking "Download Day" on my calendar right now.

I have a big circle around 2008, and a thin one around 2009 too, just in case the news gets any more vague.

The AwesomeBar Sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23584925)

I won't be downloading Firefox as long as it has that horrible Awsomebar. I'm using 3.0 RC1 now and unless they do something about the Awesomebar, I'll switch to something else. It's the worst thing ever to happen to Firefox. I'll pay to switch to Opera before I use it in its current state. It looks horrible. It's difficult to use -- the results that come up are not predictable since it searches on the title of the linked pages as well. Worst of all, there's no way to turn it off. I thought they said that things like this (the AwesomeBar) were going to be plug-ins.

6 from Myanmar! (0, Troll)

HiChris! (999553) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585007)

Great don't worry about helping the thousands of newly homeless and hungry people - download Firefox 3.

portable (1)

spandex_panda (1168381) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585019)

I use firefox portable at uni, as I am unable to install software, portable apps is a great way to stick with OOo and firefox and filezilla and notepad++. But it is unlikely that Firefox will release a portable version of firefox 3 on release day. Debian/Ubuntu releases are a bit behindtoo, so unless Ubuntu manages to stay in time (which I doubt) and the Australian mirror stays in time with official Ubuntu (even less likely) then i doubt I will update to firefox 3 at home either. But shit, i'll download a copy for windows anyway! Why the hell not!

Firefox - (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585031)

Fanboys are Go!

would it be possible (1, Funny)

Bizzeh (851225) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585041)

would it be possible to counter-act the download count by trying to upload the installer back to the server?

Every country has pledged? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23585043)

I can't find a single country on the map that has not have at least 1 pledge. Can we assume the ENTIRE world uses Firefox?

Lesotho's only got 2! (2, Funny)

soxos (614545) | more than 5 years ago | (#23585059)

Come on Lesotho, wake up.

Also, I'm sure it's been said, but I hope they torrent this thing, else we'll have the record for most smoked servers since CNN got simultaneously Farked, Slashdotted, and Dugg for the last Britney Spears media stunt.
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